“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” – Joe L. Wheeler
Autumn in the city is absolutely stunning. I think I’ve said this on numerous occasions, and yet it will never be enough. Coming from a small town in Ontario, where the snow is plenty, it is nearly impossible to experience what the fall season has to offer. Generally speaking, by mid-November snow has taken over what little remains of the fall foliage. Since moving to NY I’ve actually gotten the opportunity to experience the season in its entirety. Between the pumpkin spiced lattes, array of colors, and beginning of knit scarves, it’s safe to say fall is my favorite season.
One of the reasons I love autumn is because it marks the onset of the holidays. As the temperature dips, and little fluorescent lights begin to go up around the city, the excitement builds for decked out halls and holiday tunes. Oh, and if you haven’t already heard, the tree is up in
Rockefeller Center! The anticipation for the first snowfall is on everyone’s mind, and everyday the hope for a snowflake is what builds holiday cheer!
As I walk the city streets, I can’t resist the urge to window shop. This is usually followed by a brief stop-in, which normally turns into an hour of browsing, and then of course the occasional purchase. Sometimes I’ll catch myself thanking my long-list of family members for giving me an excuse to shop well in advance. In true PR-girl fashion, gift giving takes time and planning. Here are some pre-holiday tips to keep the stress to a minimum, and the days full of joy!
- List it. PR people love organization. Our life requires calendars, lists, and notes to stay up-to-date and in-the-know at all possible times. There are no rules against making lists for gift giving!
- Set aside card time. Crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s means you’re reaching out and thanking people who have helped you through the year. Before the New Year rolls around, set a time to send out cards to those who deserve your appreciation!
- Need a break? Take it. We all know the end-of-the-year time can get busy and frantic. Before you hit overload, set aside some “me-time” to keep yourself cool, calm and collected.
- Stay in the loop. It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz of the holidays, especially in NYC, so remember to stay on track. If you find yourself daydreaming, refocus your energy on the tasks at hand. You’ll thank yourself for not getting behind later – and your family will too!
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