Simpler Ways to Enjoy the Holidays

06expertplea-booming-simplicity-articleInlineIn this Booming article, Kristin van Ogtrop, managing editor of Real Simple, answers reader’s questions about ways to simplify life during the holiday season.

Here is a sample:

How do you deal with friends who ask what your plans are for Christmas Day and then ask if they can join you at your home ? You don’t want to hurt their feelings, but your family doesn’t want to include them? — VH, New York

“To counter such a bold request (it is Christmas Day, after all!), I would suggest a gentle counterattack.”

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