A Field Guide To Surviving The Holidays

It is that time of year again. Holiday tunes greet you at every turn, there is a bit of frantic energy in the air and also the brisk chill of winter. As your schedule fills up with holiday get-togethers and gift exchanges, keep this guide handy. You will get through holiday crunch time and make it through to the new year alive, just remember these helpful tips.

Hang Onto Tradition Rather Than Jumping On Trends

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When the holiday season begins to feel hectic, rely on traditions to keep you grounded. Something as simple as recalling your inner child while decorating holiday cookies or cozying up with loved ones in front of a fire wearing your comfy cashmere sweater can conjure up nostalgia and release stress. 

Every season there will be plenty of opportunities to reinvent the holiday season with the latest trends. Indulge, but remember that being surrounded with family or loved ones can never be replaced.

Set A Fitness Goal

The holiday season is the toughest time to stay in shape. To help you remain committed to physical fitness, consider signing up for a Jingle Bell 5K Run or a Turkey Trot. Peloton offers holiday challenges and workouts for travelers if running isn't your thing. 

Reach Out To An Old Friend

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Has an old friend been on your mind, but the hustle and bustle of life get in the way? The holiday season is the perfect time to reach out to an old friend and catch up on life. It may make all the difference to your friend-and you. We love going to Scarpetta's for a bite to eat located at The James New York Hotel in NoMad, followed by their festive Seville Bar pictured, but here are some more of our favorite NYC bars to share some holiday cheer.

Gift Like a Pro

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Resist the temptation to procrastinate with gift shopping. Last minute gifts are obviously last minute. With several amazing gift guides available online, you have no excuse but to gift the utmost in thoughtfulness. Our favorite gift guides are:

If you aren't great at wrapping, rely on a wrapping service for the perfectly packaged thoughtful gift. 

Keep The Holiday Spirit Going With A Holiday Playlist

Music is transformative. Create a holiday playlist with some old and some new holiday tunes to get you and keep you in the holiday spirit. May we suggest Spotify's Best Holiday Playlist

Impress Holiday Guests

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Are you expecting holiday guests this year? With a few simple, yet thoughtful preparations, you will win the holidays. Plan a couple of killer holiday appetizers and be sure to have a few high-end bottles of wine on hand. Don't forget to provide clean, crisp bedding and some toiletries. 

Dress To Impress

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It is important to always look your best, but especially during the holiday season when everything is a bit shinier. It's easy to look effortlessly cool amid the hustle and bustle of the season and experience some laid back luxury. Reali New York's high quality, understated sweaters will turn heads while you enjoy cozy comfort.

Look and feel exceptional this holiday season while minimizing your stress. Before you know, the new year will be here and you will be back in the swing of your routine. 

 Happy Holidays!