The happy holidays can be stressful because of the long lines, packed schedules and lengthy lists. If you are flexible, realistic, and creative you can get through the holiday season. Here are my tips as a mother of seven, and author of “Total Mom”Keep the holidays happy

Spa-like Shopping Attitude

* To help ease your hectic holiday shopping, ditch the window-shopping and plan ahead by researching online. You will know exactly what you want and the price, which will help you stick to your budget.

* Shop for gifts in the morning — you’ll get first crack at sales, and the stores will be organized and less crowded, allowing you to relax and focus on crossing items off your shopping list.

Share memorable meals

* Do you remember your favorite dish during the holidays as a child? Take that inspiration and create a family meal. www.GetBacktotheTable.comFor easy and delicious recipe ideas

* Plan your holiday meals in advance, and store up on non-perishable items when they’re on sale. Canned vegetables like Libby’s are convenient, economical and great for holiday favourites such as green beans casserole and roasted popcorn.

Selective Entertainment

* Holiday parties are a great way to connect with family and friends, but a busy calendar can really take a toll on you and your family. The best parties and dinners are the ones that everyone is most looking forward to, so prioritize them and pick from those.

* Offer to take turns hosting with your family and friends each year to avoid having to attend multiple parties in one season.

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Hannah Keeley is a mother to seven and hosts the show Hannah Keeley. “Hannah Help Me!”PBS, author of “Hannah Keeley’s Total Mom Makeover: The Six-Week Plan to Completely Transform Your Home, Health, Family, and Life.”