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Visit a Holiday Light Display To Celebrate the Season!

Visit a Holiday Light Display To Celebrate the Season!

Baking decadent cookies, decorating the house with Christmas trees, and hosting holiday soirees; these are a few of the best ways to celebrate the season.

If visions of burnt gingerbread men and high-maintenance family members dance through your mind when you think of these holiday traditions, there is a stress-free and festive way to get in the Christmas spirit that might be better suited for you. Throughout the US, there are a plethora of holiday light shows that provide you with the perfect, worry-free way to feel festive this holiday.

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Most states have at least one display of lights and decorations that are set up each year for families and friends to enjoy, but the lucky states have several throughout. These displays draw in crowds from all over and can range from millions of individual lights combined into one spectacular display to a single Christmas tree made of tumbleweeds. No matter which display you choose to visit, they are all wholesome activities that are perfect for the entire family. The kids will be dazzled by the twinkling lights and fairy-tale-like displays while the adults will be reminded of the magic of the season.

Although many of these light shows are worth a visit, there are some that stand out as being the most extraordinary. They’re scattered across the US from Washington to Alabama. The elves at Treetopia put together a map highlighting the ten best displays.

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    Each of the shows has their own unique elements that locals have grown to love. Whether it’s a display of thousands of collectible Santa Claus figurines or a lake cruise that leads to a breath-taking display of holiday lights that makes the show stand out, none of the top ten will disappoint you if you pay them a visit. Some people say that you haven’t really felt the real holiday spirit until you take a look at these professional shows and displays.

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    Regardless of what you celebrate, visiting a  holiday light display is the perfect way to celebrate with your loved ones. These shows are innocuous and don’t focus solely on one religious tradition. For instance, the Tanglewood Festival of Lights has a large light display that reads “Happy Hannukah” and another that wishes everyone a “Happy Kwanzaa.” No matter what you believe in and what you do to celebrate the season, these light displays are a harmless and beautiful place to spend an evening during the holiday season.

    If you plan to spend the holidays near one of these featured light displays, we highly recommend stopping by for a visit with your family. Pack a picnic with some of those aforementioned gingerbread cookies (as long as they aren’t too burnt) and make a road trip out of it.  Even the biggest Scrooge of your family will find themselves smiling at the extravagant displays. We guarantee that no one will be disappointed and you will leave feeling a little more festive than you did before attending.

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    And lastly, remember to always stay safe and be careful with all the celebrations around. Take care of what you eat and drink, try to eat as healthy as you can, stay hydrated and avoid hangovers. At home, if you decided to have an artificial Christmas tree, please make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant” but if you bought a natural tree, just keep lit away from heat sources and check the water level every other day to ensure proper hydration ( because we know that a dried-out tree can catch fire faster). Enjoy your Holidays!

    “The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us”. -Terri Marshall.

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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