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Our Favorite Woman’s Day Magazine Christmas Advice From the Past 75 Years

Woman's Day December 2012 coverNavigate the most joyful—and often most stressful—time of the year with these practical tips from Woman’s Day over the last 75 years.

As the advent calendar creeps ever closer to Christmas, you may be wondering how you’ll make time for all your holiday tasks—from baking to entertaining to shopping.

About right now, some time-tested advice from a trusted friend may provide some comfort and hope that you’ll make it through another jolly season, well, jolly. And that’s where Woman’s Day magazine’s December issue comes in.

In honor of the magazine’s 75th anniversary, editors have compiled a “best of” holiday advice over the three-quarters of a century this women’s title has been doling it out.

Here’s a collection of our favorite tips from the article, followed by the month and year it was first printed in the magazine:

Avoid the crowds by shopping during slower hours. That means getting there early for department stores and picking up the groceries at opening—or closing—time. (December 1979)

Enlist the help of your hubby and kids to prepare a special Christmas morning breakfast—and create a new holiday tradition in the process. (December 1996)

Multi-task by keeping blank Christmas card envelopes near the phone to address while you’re chatting or on hold. (December 2005)

Instead of exchanging gifts with your girlfriends, get in some quality time with them by planning a special day or evening out. (November 2002)

Add a natural, seasonal scent to your home by throwing a few pine cones into a crackling fire. (December 1937)

Use fallen pine needles from your live tree to make potpourri. Combine 2 parts dried needles, 1 part each crushed cinnamon stick, whole cloves and dried red straw flowers, one-half part dried orange peel, and a small amount of rock salt and mini pine cones. (January 1982)

Clean your front door to make a positive first impression with guests (November 1990).

Make overnight guests feel welcome by clearing closet or drawer space and providing just-in-case amenities for (toothbrush, razor, hair dryer). (December 2005)

Recycle a beautiful page from a magazine to wrap a small box or gift. (December 1981)

Send a small surprise in your Christmas cards by tucking a small envelope of seeds, bath salts or a sachet into them. (December 1979)

Share memories of Christmas past by displaying photos taken during previous holidays in frames or albums throughout your home. (December 2006)


Woman's Day magazine's December 2011 issue

How to Fight the Urge to Overeat Over the Holidays—or in the New Year

Woman's Day magazine's December 2011 issue

Woman's Day magazine's December 2011 issue

Fighting the battle of the bulge this holiday season? Though temptation is all around, you can win with strategies as simple as using a larger fork.

From now until New Year’s Day, when we swear we’re going to get back into shape, we’re going to be tempted with all manner of foods, drinks and desserts at family tables and holiday parties with friends.

But don’t feel like you just have to give up and give in. According to several studies, you do have options other than overindulging–and they don’t require the world’s strongest willpower.

Woman’s Day magazine’s December issue detailed five strategies for regaining your energy after a big meal–or for fighting the urge to splurge. Some of the obvious were getting in a morning workout, but nothing more than a brisk walk.

Other tips, like eating a big breakfast rich in protein and potassium or loading up on veggies, are pretty common-sense ways to stave off your typical holiday gluttony. Even drinking green tea (unsweetened and caffeinated) can fill you up like water does, plus it’s said to boost metabolism as well.

If it’s too late to enact those, spice things up by adding cayenne peppers, hot peppers and hot sauce to meals or condiments and spreads, like mayo and hummus. It’ll cut the urge to indulge and help you burn a few extra calories.

Another interesting strategy was mentioned in the November/December issue of Eating Well magazine. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that diners who used larger forks (as opposed to smaller ones) were less prone to overeat, thanks to visual cues.

According to the research, those using larger forks would appear to eat more quickly and thus eat less. Those using smaller forks tended to eat more since it looked as though they hadn’t made as much progress cleaning their plates.

While the study was conducted at an Italian restaurant, it couldn’t hurt to do a little research of your own over the holiday season–or even well into the new year.