How to Make the Holidays Less Stressful

With all of the gift buying, cookie baking, and crowded homes filled with out-of-town visitors, you may forget that the holidays are supposed to be a time of fun and relaxation. Here are a few smart tips that will help you to take the stress out of the holidays and better appreciate time spent with family.

  1. Ask for a wish list. Instead of stressing out about buying the perfect gift for a loved one, just ask for his or her wish list. There’s no shame in asking what everyone wants to ensure that you feel confident about your purchases.
  2. Create a budget—and stick to it. Although it’s easy to overspend when you want to spoil your friends and family members, it will only leave you feeling more stressed afterward. It’s entirely possible to purchase thoughtful gifts within your means, provided that you set a budget for your gifts.
  3. Say “no.” You don’t have to attend every holiday party, volunteer to bring a side to every family dinner or even host the festivities at your own home. Carefully consider which things you’ll actually have time for, and say no to everything else.
  4. Keep things simple. Instead of trying to make your holiday celebrations the best on the block, focus on simply spending time with the family over a delicious meal. The rest will work itself out.

Peggy's Top Five for Stress-Free Gift Giving [Emily Post]
Our Stress-Less Holiday Guide [She Knows]
10 Steps to a Less Stressful Holiday [Parents]

Holiday Office Hours

The Windsor at Mariners office will be observing the following hours during the holiday season:

Thursday, December 13th: 9 am – 3 pm
Monday, December 24th: 9 am – 2 pm
Tuesday, December 25th: Closed
Monday, December 31st: 9 am – 3 pm
Tuesday, January 1st: Closed

As always, if you have a maintenance emergency please call the concierge desk at 201-969-0442 and they will contact the on-call associate.

Thank you and we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

2012 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

A long standing New York City tradition is the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Tree. This year the 80 foot tree, which weighs more than 10 tons, will be donated from a New Jersey tree farmer.

The annual lighting will take place on November 28th and the city will see more than 30,000 lights stringed around the mammoth of a tree. If you cannot make the tree lighting in person, NBC will show the telecast live starting at 8pm on November 28th.

Visiting Rockefeller Center is a great way to start the 2012 holiday season with your friends and family! We hope you enjoy!

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