Chronic Illness can make the Christmas season one of frustration and exhaustion but it doesn’t have to.







I learned about this gem a long time ago from my kids.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. In my case it couldn’t be truer.

As kids get older, adopt the One and Done method. One gift per person.

Don’t forget, if you have talents that you are willing to share give your time for Christmas or exchange services with others.

Online shopping is the best thing since sliced bread. I used to send my husband all over the place for gifts.

Now, it takes me about 3 hours to get all of my shopping done. I make sure to buy enough at each store to get free shipping-Bonus…..


Use bags to wrap presents.

It can be just as much fun as actual wrapping without the stress.

Find different colour tissue paper and dollar store trinkets to use as decorations.

Make Lists

Make lists instead of being frustrated because you can’t remember what you were suppose to be doing.

Make lists that are short and sweet and can actually be accomplished.

Otherwise, learn to delegate. See cooking below!

Keep true to your usual routine and exercise schedule.

Get Ready the Night Before

Get as much ready the night before as you can.

Have a shower,

Do your hair and

Set out your clothes so you know what you will wear.

Eliminate the stress of having to hurry before going out.


Remember….Everything in Moderation


Sometimes you just have to learn to say NO!

Stop doing things because others want you to.

Start doing only the things you want to do. The stuff that make’s you happy.

Your time is precious don’t squander it on those that won’t appreciate it.


 Visiting or Cooking Meals

Find 3 ingredient recipes

Chicken is as good as a turkey but easier to manage.

Cost is an issue so ask guests to bring one dish.

Prepare as much in advance as possible.

Chill, Relax and Listen to Music or Watch a Movie

It will all be over soon enough

Singing along with Bing Cosby or Luther Vandross help you enjoy the sound of music. Don’t forget all those cheezy Christmas movies.



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