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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 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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