How to Make Your Holidays Stress Free (Think Zip Lines)

This is about a zip line canopy tour. Really.

But let’s start with this: I’ve turned over a new leaf. At least for the Holidays.

After attempting to prepare just the right Thanksgiving dinner with new recipes pulled from the latest cooking shows and the perfect Christmas with the 9’ tree loaded with ornaments, ribbon, bows and glitter, I have decided that I don’t need all these things to enjoy the holidays.

In fact, that stuff has actually detracted from the pure enjoyment of the season. Why hustle and bustle when it just creates more stress? Isn’t there enough stress? ISN’T THERE??!!

Okay. I’m fine. Promise.

This year for Thanksgiving, I invited my dad to join us for the holiday weekend. Of course, there was one caviat – dinner was being catered by Bob Evans. In years past, I would spend hours planning, shopping and preparing for the big dinner. It would take us less than 30 minutes to fill our plates, sit down together, and eat.

Then it was time to clean it up and pack it back into the refrigerator. To be honest, after all that preparation, I wasn’t even hungry for the meal. I needed to look at this differently. Why did I have to do it like it had always been done before?

I can be an out-of-the-box thinker. Especially when it comes to food.

Back track: last year, a billboard caught my eye that advertised the Bob Evans Thanksgiving feast. Hmm.

Now that’s a thought. It’s all the food and fillers my family likes anyway. I’m in.

Needless to say, it was a huge success – we even had leftovers for several days of turkey sandwiches and midnight raids to the ice box. Which was nice.


As for the day after Thanksgiving, we decided to change that up, too. This year, more than ever, I noticed there were all kinds of Black Friday specials.

You know what’s coming, right?

Now, who really wants to get up at 2 A.M. to go shopping? I realize the discounts are great, but is it really worth it? After all, you could wait a few days after Christmas and get even better deals.

Well, for our Black Friday adventure, we stayed about as far away from the mobs of shoppers as possible. And we headed to ACE to ride the new Zip Line Canopy Tour. I had not tried the three new zips and Dad was a complete newbie, so it just seemed like a good idea.

Again, because I am brilliant, the idea paid off. The weather was perfect (at least for November), the views through the gorge were unbelievable and the company of my family and friends was all I hoped for.

If you have any ideas on how to reduce the stress of the holiday rush, please share. And if you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to break the mold and try something different this year.

It’s worth it. Agree?

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