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The 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: Day 1

We're counting down the days and double checking our list of chores pre-Christmas. Follow along and add your own tricks to keep this holiday on track. We start with a little meditation and retail therapy.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a little time reserved just for me.

Nothing says Christmas like family–even when they're staying in your home, eating your food and offering "friendly" suggestions on your cooking, clothes, decorating tastes and childrens' upbringing.

So before the in-laws, cousins, aunts, uncles and siblings make their way through your door this season, make plans to spend a few hours by your lonesome.

Have dad take the kids to see Santa, or call in a favor from your girlfriend to ensure the scheduled playdate happens on her turf.

Use those hours to finish wrapping gifts, buying last-minute gifts and psyching yourself up for the days to come.

If you're ahead of the game, take an hour or two to pamper yourself or visit the gym before the Christmas consumption begins.

  • – Use the weight room, walking track, cardio machines or pool area for a small fee, unless you're a member, in which case you've already paid. 
  • – Maybe pick up a gift card while you're there for a friend.
  • – Hair, nails, the works just in time for the holidays.
  • – Pick up last-minute gifts or just window shop. Maybe treat yourself to a Nestle Toll House cookie.
  • Biggby Coffee – Grab a favorite book from the and enjoy a hot coffee by the fire.

Looking for more salons, gyms or venues specializing in R&R? Check our business directory.

Tomorrow, the second day of Christmas.

debrastice December 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM
I found a site where you can get coupons for restaurant called Printapons they are on all over the news, search online
Jenny Whalen (Editor) December 13, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Where are your favorite places to relax?
James Coller December 13, 2011 at 07:52 PM
In front of the nice toasty fire with a good book or movie!
Tammi Ulinski December 14, 2011 at 02:00 PM
Under the glow of the tree when everythign is bought and wrapped and placed under it. That's my motivation to get it all done. I love that part! Turn off all the lights in the house and have nothing on but the tree and Christmas music.

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