Have Yourself a Merry Guilt-Free Christmas

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The American Christmas Tree Association offers tips for a more enjoyable and meaningful Christmas season.

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"Try not to give into the pressure of making sure everything is perfect and pristine this holiday season. After all, Christmas isn't about who got the most dolls or the shiniest truck. It's about the people you choose to spend it with."

Christmas and anxiety often go hand in hand. Between the gift buying, house and Christmas tree decorating, and cooking for friends and family, it's no wonder the holiday season can bring a side of ulcer along with that honey baked ham. Why not make this Christmas easier than all others? The American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) offers tips to keep the holidays from becoming more chore than cheer:

Says ACTA Executive Director, Jami Warner, "Lighten your load this year with a more condensed gift and card list. Make a point to save gift buying for only those with whom you have meaningful relationships. Maybe this time around, you'll give cards to all your coworkers instead of personal gifts, or perhaps you'll even institute a no gift policy among your circle of friends. Better yet, consider making donations to local charities which could always use the help.

"Avoid the malls, traffic and long lines. Get decorations, gifts and even the family Christmas tree and Christmas ornaments online for faster and more convenient shopping at your fingertips. Not only can you price shop to find the best deals on all your Christmas must haves, but it can be done from the comfort of your own home.

"Plan out your shopping route. From food to decorations to gifts, see if you can go in an orderly fashion or better yet, find a store that meets several of your needs. Make lists and stick to them. Shopping for all your items will be loads easier if you take a minute to plan it our ahead of time.

"If your holiday tradition has always included a real Christmas tree, consider purchasing an artificial Christmas tree as a convenient option, or perhaps in addition to a real tree. With easy assembly and lights already in place, artificial trees can be set up in minutes and left up for longer periods of time. More fire safe and cleaner to have in the home, artificial trees come in a variety of styles, sizes and even colors and themes.

"Most importantly, try not to give into the pressure of making sure everything is perfect and pristine this holiday season. After all, Christmas isn't about who got the most dolls or the shiniest truck. It's about the people you choose to spend it with. Merry guilt-free Christmas!"

About ACTA: The American Christmas Tree Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide consumers with factual data so they may make intelligent decisions about Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry. For more information or for answers to questions about Christmas trees, please contact us at http://www.christmastreeassociation.org. We hope you find your perfect Christmas tree!

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