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 wizardewu | SHUTESBURY, MA
Nov 16, 2016

Th holidays are a time I get to see family and friends that I haven't seen the rest of the year.

by azsurferchica | Tucson, AZ
Nov 16, 2016

Holiday season in my house is also birthday season! My oldest daughter's birthday is right around Thanksgiving, my middle daughter is the day after Christmas and my husband is right smack in the middle. I'm also due with #4 Jan 3rd, we'll see! It's such a fun and busy time of year for us! I absolutely love it!

by heavensent1988 | HYANNIS, MA
Nov 16, 2016

i love the feeling of cheer and being with family

by lughead13 | SCHWENKSVILLE, PA
Nov 16, 2016

The holidays are a great time to spend with family and friends.

by camillawilson | CRANDALL, GA
Nov 16, 2016

Being with family and my granddaughters!

by Luzecita | WESTMINSTER, CA
Nov 16, 2016

I love that around the holidays, the world seems to slow down a bit. People tend to be kinder. We are intentional about celebrating and creating memories with family and friends.

by takgirl14 | PRT WASHINGTN, NY
Nov 16, 2016

My favorite thing about the holidays is seeing the decorations and hearing the Christmas music everywhere you go. I love decorating my own house for people to enjoy. The decorations and music really help people get in the spirit of the holidays

by TSReed | CHAMBLEE, GA
Nov 16, 2016

I love to focus on the 'giving' part this time of year. I don't need anything and seeing that others have what they need is so rewarding!

by mommytalkshow | LITHONIA, GA
Nov 16, 2016

I'm taking a road trip for Christmas, so I'm already exploring maps and places to stop with an very active 6-year-old boy. DVDs and tablets will only get me so far!

by Staci0143 | DERRY, NH
Nov 16, 2016

I try to remember what the Holidays are all about, family and friends. And if that doesn't work, a glass of wine helps!

by carolay | MOUNT EDEN, KY
Nov 16, 2016

spending time with family

by spacegeek33 | SANTA ROSA VA, CA
Nov 16, 2016

I love the focus on family and food. I mail order most of my gifts, and if traveling from home for the holiday, I mail the gifts to myself at the destination so that I don't have to carry/pack them.

by mcclure08 | Selma, AL
Nov 16, 2016

What I love about the Holidays is just stopping from our everyday lives and enjoying our families.

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