The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy so why do so many of us end up pulling our hair out by Christmas Eve? Keep stress at bay with these handy tips:

  • Before you head out to shop, make a gift list organized by categories – stationary, clothing, jewelry, etc. That way, you can get a lot of presents in two or three stores and won’t be wasting time with repeat visits to the same place.
  • If you find a great gift that would suit more than one friend or relative, buy multiples.
  • Give magazine subscriptions, tickets to a play, the movies or a sporting event, club memberships or restaurant gift certificates – no guessing on sizes or colors required.
  • For your most practical friends and relatives, how about a gift certificate or even cash, presented in a pretty envelope or gift wrapped in elegant paper.
  • Wrap gifts as you buy them, so you’re not spending an entire day wrapping while worrying about all the other holiday chores you’re not getting done.


‘Tis the season for students to give gifts to teachers. From a survey of teachers, here are some of the more interesting gifts they say they’ve received.

  I had a student who wrapped up his lunch money. He had skipped lunch that day.

  I received a used roll of duct tape.

  One year a child gave me a plate with crumbs on it. There had been cookies on it, but the kid ate them on the way to school.

  My aide received one earring. When she asked about the other one, the student said he gave it to the librarian.

  I got an avocado wrapped in aluminum foil.

  Once I received a box of chocolates and shared them with my students. Soon the kids were all spitting them out. When I looked at the box, I realized they were full of cognac.

  I received a box of chocolates one year. At home, I put it in the freezer. A few months later, I opened the freezer and took
out the box. Inside was a tie.

  A child once gave me the most unique Christmas gift ever: a mug that said “Happy St. Patrick’s Day.”

  I received a wall calendar that was about to expire

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