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Creative Christmas Survival Tips

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 Only 4 more sleeps until Christmas Day and 11 sleeps until (western) New Year's Eve. Can't wait!!

While the focus of our tips is for the upcoming festive  season, you can also apply them to every other festive gathering:-

  • Chinese New Year
  • Diwali - Deepavali
  • Ch'u Sok: A Korean Thanksgiving
  • Hanukkah
  • Noche de Rabanos in Mexico
  • Waitangi Day - New Zealand
  • Chung Yueng Festival - H ong Kong
  • Eid ul-Fitr

So whatever you are celebrating in the coming weeks, and we do hope you are celebrating, we hope you have a fantastic time.

To us it seems everyone is always looking for ideas at this time of year.  Ideas for the family get-together, ideas for presents, ideas on how to spend your time if you are having a break.

So it's the season to be creative (and Jolly), and we suggest you go beyond brainstorming to generate your ideas, so in the last eLetter for 2011 we want to give you some creative Christmas survival tips.




What do you do when those around you say ...

  • Forget about the past, you can't change it.
    Forget about the future, you can't predict it.
    Forget about the present, I didn't get you one!

Don't listen to them. This time of year is about creating new memories and embracing the spirit of the season.

Just smile and enjoy yourself!

Collect Some Memories

You can capture it on video and share it with future Grandkids or embarrass existing kids on their 21st Birthday.

A great way to spend some time in the next few weeks is to reflect on what has happened in the last year.  Why not ask each family member to share their most favourite memory.

Ask them to write things down on a piece of paper - then get the kids to photocopy and make into a little family memory book - with their own drawings etc. 


See Blog and download handy Mind Tool


For a practical_guide on how collect Oral_Histories, why not download Jennifer's ebook "Two Buckets of Steam "

Why "Two Buckets of Steam" - you will have to read this inspiring and informative 27 page Oral History to find out.



Christmas Presents that say, what the?

You don't have to spend a fortune on Christmas Gifts - As they say "it is the thought that counts" (not sure who 'they' are and I hope my husband is not reading this).

Try to think a little differently to bring a smile to people's faces:

  • How about an 18 Carrot Necklace (yes, real Carrots). Have to admit it took a bit of courage to give this to my dear Mother-in-Law.

  • Flowers and Chocolate? How about a Cauliflower wrapped up in tissue paper like a bunch of flowers with a box of chocolates.

  • Do the men in your life hanker for a speed boat? Why not buy a small remote_control speed boat and put it in the driveway.

  • Why not buy a Map of the World and give to someone who 'means the world' to you.











Bill's mum loved her necklace.
Gold is so yesterday, isn't it!

Beyond brainstorming for great gift ideas

Coming up with ideas is easy, but sometimes brainstorming isn't enough.  Try lateral thinking.

Step 1. Set your focus: I want ideas on a gift for ________

Step 2. Select a word or concept at Random

Step 3. Jot Down every idea that pops into your head.

Step 4. Harvest the ideas


Random Word : Banana


Banana - I think of healthy food - what other healthy food things could I get, what about a gym membership?

Banana - I think of Yellow - which makes me think of Yellow Submarine, and the Beatles - is there a new remix available of a popular artist.  How about a book about John Lennon?

Banana - I think of Banana lounge - is there any outdoor equipment I could buy? A sun lounge as a gift while it is snowing outside will make them smile and think of summer.

Banana - I think of Banana's in Pajamas (a popular children's show) - is there something that I could get that helps them have even more fun with the grandkids?  What about going to Disneyland or Dreamworld?


See how it works... You can do the same with any word or concept. Think of things for ...

  • Home - Inside or outside

  • Out and about

  • Adventurous

  • At Night

  • Rainy Days

  • Quiet time

  • Work - a new role, new business idea

Set a timer for 10 - 15 minutes, Pick a few random words, daydream and write down as many things you can think of.

Let us know how you go. Go on, give it a try...












Survival Tips for Parents

Pre-emptive strike - be prepared with inexpensive and fun things to do with the kids over the break. 

Busy parents often feel pressured to spend a fortune entertaining their kids, particularly during weekends and holidays.

With a bit of cre8ive help you can all have a stress_free and inexpensive, family fun times.

Quick Tip: Why not put a small gift in a (recycled) big Box - often they'll get more fun from the box than the gift.

Need more ideas?  Here is a Mind Map of 100 Activity ideas and other things you can do together.




Want practical gift ideas?

Need a last minute gift idea, and want to be practical?

Order now from our online eStore or book now on one of our programs - fast, simple, easy and you can tick it off the list.

Just imagine how excited the kids will be to get a book to read, or workshop with Jennifer over the holidays.  Go on they deserve it.  They're going to be bored otherwise!

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Train the Trainer Workshop - book before 24 December and get heaps of Early Bird benefits.

Reflecting on 2011

In between the rush of Christmas and the New Year's sleep in - take out time to reflect on 2011. Ask yourself...

  • What made you smile?

  • What have you achieved?

  • What do you regret?

  • What difference did you make to your world?

  • What will you do differently in 2012?

Click here to view our Reflections on 2011.

It's a 2 minute video to send a big thank you to all our friends, colleagues, clients, and neighbours both next door and abroad for making 2011 an even better and brighter year for us.


So, there you are, some Creative Christmas Survival Tips - we hope they have been helpful.

It has been a wonderful year for us, mostly because we got to spend so much time with friends, family, colleagues and clients. 

Thank you for being part of our community, and please have a safe, peaceful, relaxing and fun end of year.

See you in 2012.

Bill, Jennifer, Mike, Fleur and the Gang


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