How To Survive the Holidays in 3 Easy Steps. Plus, a Giveaway to Help Pay Your #HolidayBills!

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Nov 16, 2016

Just thinking about holiday cooking and shopping was stressing us out. Luckily, a couple of weeks ago, we asked you for your favorite holiday #SurvivalTips and as usual, you did not disasapoint. We read through them all, and figured out an easy Three-Step Plan to get us through to January 2.

Since you were so forthcoming with your assistance, we decided to pay it back. Enter our giveaway, and a lucky winner will receive $150 to help pay off some holiday bills!

Step 1: Plan early

That goes for cooking... "Plan plan plan ahead. I make the desserts ahead of time and put in the freezer. I also do slow cooker mashed potatoes, and make the turkey the day before, slice, and put it in gravy. On turkey day I heat everything up. I can visit and relax with my guests." - apeski

And shopping... "The best advice is that you can never start Christmas shopping too early. If you see items at good prices in September, scoop them up and that is one less present you have to buy." - sweetlee

Step 2: Don't Go It Alone

When friends or family offer to help, say yes... "Don't be afraid to accept their help when they offer. Some of my favorite conversations have taken place while doing dishes with my grandmother and aunts!" - MomOnTheEdge

And if they aren't offering, ask them... "Do not kill yourself trying to make a whole Thanksgiving (or Christmas) meal on your own, even if you are the hostess. Ask others to bring the side dishes and you won't be stuck in the kitchen the whole day." - Neyephe

Step 3: Treat Yourself Right

Give yourself a time out... "Always be sure to take care of yourself; eat healthfully, sleep soundly, and take time to do the things that make you feel best, whether it is reading a book, going for a bike ride, or lounging around watching your favorite TV show!" - stylinstar53

Get outside... "Best holiday survival tip: Take a walk!! Stressful family visit? Take a walk. Fussy, overstimulated kids? Take them for a walk. Ate too much at a holiday meal? Take a walk. First holiday without a loved one? Take a walk. Fresh air + nature + movement = stress zapper!!" - aneube

And when all else fails... "My holiday survival go to is a lot of chocolate and red wine. This chocolate and wine combo saves me from the stresses of the holiday season. It helps alleviate all the chaos from dinner parties, holiday shopping and the in-laws. I don't think I would survive without my wine and chocolate. " - Amanda5683

Luckily, there are so many wonderful things about the holiday season. What is your favorite? Tell us and you'll be entered for the chance to win $150 to help with your holiday bills!

There are two ways to enter:

Simply comment below and tell us what you love about the holidays.

AND/OR

Tweet about the giveaway!

Click here to Tweet: "Learned how to survive the holidays + entered a #HolidayBills giveaway, thx to @SheSpeaksUp! bit.ly/2fp91Pn

*One lucky commenter or Tweeter will be chosen at random to receive $150 through PayPal, or in the form of a Visa or Amazon gift card (winner's choice.) Giveaway is open through December 4th, 2016 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

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by Natica | Philadelphia , PA
Dec 04, 2016

I love the way my family comes together. My mom, sisters, kids, nieces, nephews and cousins. I love how we can all be together and have a great time and catch up on what's been going on for that year. I love the food, everything is so delicious 😋!!! I love singing and listening to Christmas songs and helping the homeless. Christmas is a season for giving and love seeing people's faces when they open their gifts.

by bingo9760 | Arkport, NY
Dec 04, 2016

I love the family get togethers. The different foods we make for the holiday. Watching the kids faces as they open their gifts.

by Blugrl76 | PADUCAH, KY
Dec 04, 2016

enjoying life everyday with family and friends

by jjennr928 | LOUISVILLE, KY
Dec 04, 2016

Family, and friends are what makes the holidays memorable. Without their company, it wouldn't be a party. Learned how to survive the holidays + entered a #HolidayBills giveaway, thx to @SheSpeaksUp! bit.ly/2fp91Pn

by jjennr928 | LOUISVILLE, KY
Dec 04, 2016

Learned how to survive the holidays + entered a #HolidayBills giveaway, thx to @SheSpeaksUp! bit.ly/2fp91Pn

by BetsyG71 | COLUMBUS, MS
Dec 04, 2016

I love family gatherings with alcohol!!

by BetsyG71 | COLUMBUS, MS
Dec 04, 2016

What I love about the holidays are the parties!! The holiday food and drinks are wonderful!

by akeirns77 | Rio Linda, CA
Dec 04, 2016

I love seeing the holidays through my children's eyes.

by Gigi2012 | Axton , VA
Dec 04, 2016

I love the holidays because I get to spend it with family I don't see often and I love seeing my grandsons face light up when he sees Santa has came to papa and Gigi's the smile on his face is priceless and warms my heart

by Ashley4509 | Port Richey, FL
Dec 04, 2016

What I love about the holidays is family and friends. Being around the people I love the most that I don't get to see as often as I'd like to. Also, my daughter. Making the holidays special for her is what it's all about. Seeing that beautiful smiling face makes everything worth while.

by denisej18 | Pinson , TN
Dec 04, 2016

Relaxing and spending time with the family!!!

by thatdevingirl | Catonsville, MD
Dec 04, 2016

I love that people actually slow down and spend time with their family and friends.

by megandumont36 | Concord , NH
Dec 04, 2016

I love that the holidays bring family together!

by Awhittakerlpn | Woodstown , NJ
Dec 04, 2016

Watching my children's faces on Christmas Day! It's amazing

by Stephk12 | HOUSTON, TX
Dec 04, 2016

What I love about the holidays is all the activities I do with my kids such as watch Christmas movies, bake sugar cookies and decorate the tree!

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