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Holiday Simplicity

          December, 2019

Quote of the month  

"You don't have 
to be more 
or buy more 
to make it 

by Melissa Camara Wilkins, Blogger, Author and 
Mother of 6.

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I welcome the opportunity to help you work through current issues and to look at your future with a sense of hope and purpose.


Masters Degree - Applied Psychology from Seton Hall University


Post-Masters Degree-Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Private Practice 

since 2008


Married over 30 years


Mother of 2 young adult daughters 


Passionate about 

what I do



I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who support and read my newsletters on a regular basis. While you may already be familiar with some of the content, please consider thinking about who in your life may not have this information, so that you may pass the newsletter on to someone who is in need of it.

I usually make the December newsletter relatively short, to be respectful of my reader's time. This year is no exception.

Read below for a few suggestions that may help you to enjoy the holidays and make them a little less overwhelming.

Wishing you a wonderful end to this decade and a bright vision for the next.

As always, please pass along this information to someone you feel may benefit from its content.

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Maryellen Dabal, MA, LMFT
305 Miron Drive 
Southlake, TX 76092
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From The Positive Perspective......    

Simplicity Tip #1 
Consider all the family/friends you need to see during the holidays. Find a way to combine any of those dinners/lunches and see multiple individuals in one sitting. For example, all meet at a restaurant. It's ok to bring different groups of people together and it can save you some time.
Simplicity Tip #2 
On the holiday, you do not have to visit 5 places in one day, especially if you have young children. Choose a tradition of alternating whose family home you visit on a holiday. This year it's your partner/spouse's family and next year it's yours. Another idea is Thanksgiving at one family's home and the other major holiday at the other family's home. Spending the day on the road is not fun for anyone.
Simplicity Tip #3  
Scale down on gifts. What most people truly appreciate is your time more than a gift. Is it really necessary to buy a gift for everyone? Set an age limit for giving gifts, such as: a child gets a gift from everyone until they finish college or until they are 21. Then they go into the adult Grab Bag where each participant picks a name and you buy a gift for 1 person instead of 10.
Simplicity Tip #4  
Shop smart. Consider a gift's meaning, not it's price. My daughters, who each have their own apartments, have told me that one of their favorite gifts I give them at birthdays and Christmas is a box of useful household items. I wrap up a box of paper towels, dish detergent, laundry detergent, shampoo, body wash, etc. I get all the items in one place and they are useful things. Of course, they love the sweaters, boots, event tickets, too. Other meaningful home-made items or things you pass down to them are meaningful as well.
Simplicity Tip #5 
Be flexible on the date you celebrate a holiday. Many people have to work on "the day" or will be away from family on "the day". Don't stress. Pick your own day to celebrate. If you celebrate Thanksgiving the weekend before or the Sunday after, does that really make a difference? The idea behind the holiday is to come together to celebrate and give thanks. You can really do that on any day. When my girls were small and sometimes, we were not home on Christmas, I made sure to email Santa to let him know that we needed to celebrate the holiday on the 23rd instead of the 25th at our home. Santa was always accommodating so we could celebrate both in our home and away from home visiting family.
Again, I thank you all for supporting my passion this year. May you have a memory-filled and safe holiday season.
Stay well.
Try to look at the situations in life
From The Positive Perspective,
 and we can work through anything.

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I welcome feedback regarding the newsletter or questions about my practice.  I can be reached at maryellen@dabalmft.com .  I cannot, however, give advice through email. For more information on my practice please visit my website: www.dabalmft.com

I wish you well...