Online Retailers Help Reduce Holiday Stress on New Families

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The stress of approaching holidays can be bad enough under normal circumstances, but for someone facing the move to a new house, while both partners are working and a new baby is due in a few months, things can quickly become overwhelming.

There I was, watching HGTV as I wrapped china in newspaper and worried about the holidays, and Thanksgiving wasn’t even here yet. We were supposed to go to my husband’s family for the big turkey dinner, but both of us had to work. Then there was the prospect of Christmas. It made my toes curl.

The stress of approaching holidays can be bad enough under normal circumstances, but for someone facing the move to a new house, while both partners are working and a new baby is due in a few months, things can quickly become overwhelming.

That’s what was facing Ellen Simpson in late October, as she was packing up their apartment for the major change of moving to, and decorating a new home. “There I was, watching HGTV as I wrapped china in newspaper and worried about the holidays, and Thanksgiving wasn’t even here yet. We were supposed to go to my husband’s family for the big turkey dinner, but both of us had to work. Then there was the prospect of Christmas. It made my toes curl.”

Like many working couples, finding the time to do things at their leisure just doesn’t exist. “What I was watching,” Simpson added, “was a program on entertaining, and how you can do it without losing your cool. I realized they were right, and not only did I get some great ideas on what could be done, I actually made the decision that I wouldn’t stress about what to do for Christmas, because we were going to invite both families here, and I could be on my own turf. We’ve never had the room to have 12 or 14 people to dinner before, but we do now.”

Simpson found knowing that far ahead what she wanted to do, took a lot of pressure off immediately. And the ideas she picked up on the HGTV show, helped her decide how she could comfortably host, entertain, and feed the family members that would make it for the holiday meal.

“I’ve always loved Christmas, it’s my favorite time of year. But in an apartment with rules about what could be put on walls, and no place to put decorations outside, we were limited in what we could do. So I used to surf the Internet, which is how I came across onlinediscountmart.com. There were things there I was just dying to have, but there was the question of room to display them, and room for storage. I didn’t have much of one, and none of the other.”

But once the young couple had decided to purchase a home for their growing family, Ellen was able to indulge some of her more creative urges for decorating. “I got that beautiful poinsettia set, that really adds a lot of color to the living room, while doing it on a ‘theme’. Then I added some bigger pieces I got from Online Discount Mart(http://www.onlinediscountmart.com), including the set of three standing snowmen that line the front steps to the porch.”

Other tips she found at Online Discount Mart included:

Does that mean she’s all ready for the big day? “Oh, not by a long shot,” Simpson laughed. “I still need to order a garden gnome for my brother’s Christmas gift, but I can do that online, too. You know, it’s surprising what comes out of watching a television show, and finding one good Internet site with a lot of helpful ideas. I have cut out a lot of needless steps to making the perfect dinner and occasion, by making it a holiday that we’ll celebrate the way we want, and never mind the standards that someone else sets. The perfection will be in having our families together with us.”

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