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Mom should enjoy the holidays, too

Tips for making it possible

by Patricia Volonakis Davis  |  3072 views  |  5 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Remember the old adage, “If Mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy!” The best thing you can do for your family to make their holiday enjoyable is not to worry about creating perfection, but to take pleasure in the season’s activities. Have fun!


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Patricia V. Davis is a freelance author who lives in Northern California. She has five sons and stepsons. Her non-fiction work, "Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss and Greece," has just been completed. Visit Patricia's podcast/webmagazine at

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  • Great ideas for all moms!


    Flag as inappropriate Posted by CEO MOM Katie on 13th December 2010

  • These are great suggestions. I was also liberated of tree decorating 3 years ago when my middle child, then 7, said he'd do it. Off he went to get the short ladder and he's been loving it every year since.
    Another tip- If you like to send a family photo to out- of-towners, It's also never too early to take it. Take it in the summer when you are relaxing at the beach, or on your front porch!
    I finally entered my address book online, and last year when I printed labels, I printed 2 sets, so I'm ready to go this year!
    I hope your column inspires more moms to enjoy more and not fret as much:)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Rosanne Rust on 16th November 2007

  • This is a great article with an important message. One may not have holiday-fatigue this year, but it will hit at some point. A personal example was just a few years ago when we were very late getting the tree and lights up, and I was beside myself trying to figure out when I could find the time to decorate it. Only a few evenings before Christmas my family was looking at the tree and I said, "If we don't get the decorations up on the tree tonight, they won't get up at all." My family voted not to do them at all! They thought the tree was beautiful just as it was! That "tyrannical place of shoulds" blinded me to simpler possibilties. Thanks for this timely reminder.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Anne Florenzano on 15th November 2007

  • I love the idea of buying cookies to decorate - for a poor baker like me, with no time to boot, this is perfect!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Nataly on 13th November 2007

  • awesome! i love these suggestions!!! especially the decorating white wrapping paper. the best thing about buying a huge roll of it is that it works for EVERY occasion! thank you!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 12th November 2007