Christmas Is Coming

Christmas is Coming! So are my writing engagements and end-of-year writing deadlines. I'm editing the follow-up of my published book, Sunday's Child. I've also signed a contract with new publishers to release my health book to the public. 

In the meantime, I'm actively sending out my 'Baby Diaries' book to publishers.

My health has been poor lately, so I'm also working on getting my strength back so I can spend quality time (not being ill) with my family at Christmas.

I've decided to take a break from this blog until the end of the year, so I've put together some of my best seasonal articles to help you put your Christmas wiggle on! They were written with the holidays in mind, so grab a cup of your best eggnog, a handful of Roses chocolate, put your feet up, sit back and have a good read. Click on the headings to go to the individual articles. 

Christmas is coming!


Please note: these pieces are all my original creations. If quoting any part of them, no matter how small, you're required to provide a link to this blog. 

They can’t get the wrapping right
My husband once told me that he thought it was pointless wrapping something up for the sole purpose of opening it up again. This makes perfect sense to me. If this is typical of what other men think, then it’s little wonder men get sick of wrapping presents year after year. This dislike is probably the reason behind them not being able to do it quite right. Men’s perception of abstract beauty (for example a bow tied perfectly on a Christmas present) is quite different from that of their women counterparts. We pay attention to the wrapping paper. They want to know what’s inside it! 

1. Use bags instead of wrapping paper and put as many presents as you can in one bag.
2. If you must use wrapping paper, use those which can be recycled by your local council.
3. Buy an artificial Christmas tree. There are lots of realistic, affordable ones on the market. Do not contribute to tearing at our earth's lungs.

Men don’t necessarily want to be restless at Christmas, they just are. There is so much to do, at such a tight schedule, involving so many different things, with several multi-tasking activities that men cannot help but tune right out!  Shopping is a nightmare since there’s an abundance of things to look at, all crammed into noisy brightly-lit shops, full of stressed out people on impossible errands. This kind of environment is simply not for a person who can only do one thing at a time. Men panic as they listen to the screams inside their heads which insist, ‘Let me out! Help! I can’t breathe! What do I do with my hands! Why’s my brain melted!’

We’re well and truly bound for the holiday season. Many people host their own parties and little get-togethers for their friends and family around this time of year. This year may be harder than most, because not many people have a large amount of disposable cash. Here are some quick tips and tricks to help you host a fabulous party while spending less than you did last year.

20+ strange reasons why the commercial side of Christmas should be celebrated in August and not in December.
Yes, I know that a large part of the world’s population celebrate Christmas as Jesus’ birth, and yes I do respect this with all my heart. So when I talk about Christmas in this article, I’m merely referring to the commercial side of the holiday. And No, don’t leave me nasty comments because this is an article created for comedic effect, in the similar way that a stand-up comedian would make jokes about his wife and children, clearly expecting his audience to know that he means none of it.
Well, now that’s taken care of, shall we begin?

Christmas is one of the most well-known holiday celebrations around the world. Have you ever wondered how people living in different parts of the globe celebrate their Christmas? Here are some varied and interesting ways to ring in Christmas this year!

Handling Your In-Laws Over The Holidays

And who can't use these fantastic tips for handling your in-laws over the holidays. Stay at peace and always stay one step ahead of the stress and/or a potential disagreements. 

And for the New Year:

It will soon be that time of year when everyone will be making New Year’s resolutions. We often abandon these well-meaning but unsustainable promises for a more comfortable state of being even before the end of January.
I’m the least superstitious person I know, but I came across these New Year’s Day beliefs and thought that they’re quite interesting indeed and are worth sharing, even if only for a chuckle.

5 Ways To Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Not only is Christmas coming, but so is the new year too! Here are some great tips to help you keep those new year resolutions you'll be making soon.

How to Beat Your January Post Sales Blues

A fantastic article with tips for you and the entire family. It shows how you can once and for all get rid of the blues most people feel after Christmas and the New Year sales when they have to go back to work, especially faced with the stress and worry of overspending and over-eating. 

Thank you for reading, Christmas Is Coming. Please share it with someone you think may enjoy it and leave your comments in the comment section below. 
Enjoy your holidays with your friends and family in good health and prosperity - even if you don't celebrate Christmas. 


Judy SheldonWalker November 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM  

Anne, we still have you in our prayers and hope you have a speedy recovery. Blessings!!

Anne Lyken-Garner November 27, 2012 at 8:58 AM  

Thank you, Judy. I really appreciate it.

Harleena Singh November 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM  

Congratulations Anne on all the new things coming up in our life!

However, I hope you don't overdo and overwork yourself and take care of your health also so that your Christmas is an enjoyable one. :)

I like the idea of going green and saving up for Christmas. Wrapping paper do cost a lot nowadays, so using the recycled ones are a good idea, and same is the case with a Christmas tree. You can buy an artificial one and use it each year instead of a real tree. DO hate to go shopping, more so if it's gonna be a longish affair - as is the case with most women! It works best that they drop us somewhere and pick us later. :)

Thanks for sharing this one, and do take care of yourself. :)

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Anne Lyken-Garner November 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM  

Thank you so much, Leena.

Yes, I have to take care of my health. You're right. I've been unwell for too long now.

I never like taking my husband shopping. I just drive into town and do what I can. I usually have to do a few trips because I can't stand shopping for hours on end either :-)

Keats Markandu December 6, 2012 at 12:21 AM  

Happy Christmas to you and your family. It certainly is a busy time of year. Keep well and may good tidings come your way in the New Year.

Self Sagacity December 10, 2012 at 1:08 AM  

It sounds like your writing is heading in the right direction. I hope you are well.

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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