Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from OHA!

image-74“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” – Dr. Seuss

Season Greetings Readers!

Well, I survived the Canadian Ice Storm of 2013. After being home for almost two weeks now, I’ve certainly experienced my fair share of winter weather. Three days of freezing rain, snow, and ice caused over 9,000 people in my little town to have no power. I’m hoping it is restored for them before Christmas so they can enjoy the time with their friends and family. Word on the street is that New York had some warmer temperatures! I’ll be returning to the city for New Years, and I’m secretly hoping there is snow on the ground for when I return. There is nothing quite like seeing New York City with a blanket of snow.

If you’re anything like me, sometimes it’s difficult to put your mind on the back burner during the holidays. In true PR professional fashion, I’m constantly thinking, reading, or analyzing work and school. This holiday season I’ve made a conscious effort to spend time more with my family. Not to mention I’ve been without a cellphone for the past week – I’d be lying if I said it’s been easy. Here are a few tips to survive the next couple of busy days spent with your family:

  • Be present at your party. Throwing a holiday party at your house? It’s easy to get caught up in the kitchen, preparing hors d’oeuvres, baking cookies, but remember to take some time to spend with your guests. Although food brings people together, your guests have ultimately come to see you!
  • Keep technology to a minimum. There is always one person at the party who spends the entire night on their phone. Have a phone bowl! When dinner is served, make sure all phones are in the bowl so that everyone can enjoy the company around them.
  • Try to avoid work talk. Sometimes taking a break from work means taking it off your mind as well. Small discussions may trigger reminders about things that still need to be done, and this causes unneeded stress. Take a break, both physically and mentally.
  • Reminisce! One thing I love about the holidays is getting to see family that I haven’t seen in a while. A great thing about this is getting to ask questions about the family history, hearing old stories, or sharing memories from vacations. Embrace this sense of “home!”

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my readers out there!

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image-77The 2013 Ice Storm

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