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5 ways to celebrate the holidays

The holidays are just around the corner and, in the midst of running around doing my last minute shopping, I started to think about all the different activities that happen at this time of year. With everything that’s going on, it can be hard to get control over it all. So here’s some tips from to help you out with five different things you might be doing this holiday season.

1. A Classic Feast
Having a big meal with family and friends is a great way to celebrate the holidays. It might be traditional dishes that you look forward to all year long, or new recipes that you’ve been wanting to try; regardless, the holidays are a special time to get together with loved ones over a meal to celebrate the season. Looking for some new recipes? Check out Chef Mom’s blog. Need some more supplies for the kitchen? You can find them on your local UsedEverywhere site, just go to Household > Accessories > Kitchenware. Here’s some listings from for example.
2. Traveling

As the world becomes smaller it seems that more and more family and friends become, geographically at least, further apart. For many, the holidays are a time of travel, whether that means a flight across the country or an ocean, or even just a drive away. To help you through the stress of traveling, check out this guide to holiday flight survival. Another tip for surviving long flights and airport stress is to take an Ipod along with you. You can find some on your local UsedEverywhere site under Electronics > Audio > Portable Audio. Here are some listings from

3. Cleaning House
It’s time for winter cleaning! Whether it’s in preparation for overnight guests and oncoming kitchen traffic, or simply to keep up with the needles that fall off the tree, this is almost always an activity on everyone’s list as they ramp up to the holidays! While you’re in cleaning and decorating mode, why not think of some ways to make this holiday season a little bit more environmentally friendly? And, if you need some help with all that cleaning, take a look at the Cleaning Services category on your local UsedEverywhere site: Info > Services > Cleaning Services. Here are some listings from
4. Wrapping gifts
Congratulations on finishing your holiday shopping! Now it’s time to start wrapping! If you’re like me, you’re probably always scrambling to wrap your gifts at the last minute, but remember, in the rush of everything, it’s important to think about the environmental impact of all that wrapping! Help keep our landfills from filling up by considering some of these eco-friendly gift-wrapping tips. The Arts & Craft Category on your local site might help you out. Go to Hobbies > Arts & Crafts Supplies. These postings from might give you some ideas to get started!

5. Not at All
Of course, there are those that don’t celebrate at all. It’s just a nice long-weekend away from work and more time with family and friends. This can be a great chance to catch up on reading (check out the list of the best books of 2009) or movie-watching (here’s a list of the best movies of 2009 to help you out). Find some books on your local UsedEverywhere site by going to General > Books & Magazines (here’s an example from and you can find movies under General Merchandise > CDs, DVDs etc. > Video DVD (check out the postings from one of our UK sites,

Those are just a few of many many things you might do during the holidays and some ways to help you out. What are your tips? How do you celebrate?

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