Going on a holiday can be the highlight of the year. However many people go unprepared, and if you find yourself in the situation of not knowing where to go etc, you holiday could be ruined. The weather has turned chilly, and the calendar on your desk is getting thinner. All clues that the end of another year is upon us and that the holiday season has arrived in full force. For all of us, this is the time of year that we have come to look forward to and/or to dread. It is a time for special gatherings with family, friends, and co-workers. Or, maybe this is a time of year when one remembers a loved one who is no longer among us. Still, maybe this is a time of year when being alone and the feeling of loneliness is a concern. The holiday season is also a time of added pressures to do more with the same amount of time and sometimes less energy to do it with.

Learn food-preparation techniques, such as substituting apple cider for butter or fat when basting a turkey, and tips like eating a small snack before dinner so you won't overdo it at mealtime. This section also includes helpful suggestions on how to throw a healthful holiday party for children with diabetes. You'll be ready to face the holidays with gusto after reading this. Lots of people will be inviting you to parties, and, of course, you would like to see everyone. Discipline yourself to go for an hour or two and then go home. Why? Well, you won't drink as much if you do imbibe and you'll have time for sleep. It's very important that you sleep. Nothing drains a person of energy more than a lack of sleep. Eventually, everything in your life will suffer from your exercise routine to your job if you try to skimp on sleep to party! Sleep is the most critical thing you can do for yourself especially at holiday time.

Don't nit-pick if things don't look absolutely perfect, because things do look absolutely perfect to the child who did the decorating. Sometimes the best, most beautiful holiday decorations are the ones that come from the imagination of your child. Decorate together and your be spending some wonderful holiday time with your amazing children. Christmas is about so much more than presents and parties, and yet, each year, that is the focus that we as a society place on it. Christmas has become a stress for some, and financial hardship for others. Where there used to be a holiday, to celebrate Family, we have some how lost touch with our roots, and a meaningful soulful Christmas.

Be very conscious of how your body is feeling. You will likely need more breaks at this time of the year - if you feel tired, lay down for 5 or 10 minutes. If you feel rushed, stop - just stop. Sit down and have a cup of calming tea, watch people - whatever will get you to stop and regroup. Take the time to take care of yourself - you'll be glad you did. Everything you do will be a whole lot more fun. Some people are very precise about their holiday decorating. They want them to be just so and soon forgetting that the holiday season is for family and children. Therefore, let your children jump in and help. Let them decorate the tree, hang stockings, make colorful paper chains to loop around the house.