From Woman’s Day: The top holiday habits worth breaking this year

From Woman’s Day: The top holiday habits worth breaking this year

If you think the holidays and stress go together like mistletoe and kissing, you might want to reconsider your ways. The festive season doesn’t have to drive you crazy––that is, if you swap your tired routine for fresh approaches to familiar woes. Read on for helpful tips that’ll guarantee you merrier days.

1. You spend all day in the kitchen preparing a hot holiday feast, leaving no time to hang out with your friends and family.

Ditch some of the hot dishes. “Choosing a menu that encompasses some ambient (room temperature) food will allow you to mingle rather than slave over the stove all day,” says Morgan Bedore, vice president of sales and creative development at Stephen Starr Events. “It also allows for preparation in advance of the dinner so you don’t have to deal with timing everything for the food to stay hot.” Serve something like Poached Salmon with Dill Horseradish Sauce; or pair precooked ham with cranberry chutney or a selection of spicy mustards. Read the full story here …