UCB Parents Advice about Holidays & Special Events
Reducing Holiday Stress
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Advice about Holidays & Special Events
and Advice about Christmas
We are looking for a speaker for my daughter's preschool who can address
"managing holiday stress". Can you recommend anyone?
You asked for a speaker to come to your preschool on the
issue of holiday stress. While I don't have a person to
recommend, you might consider sending for the "Leaders Guide
to the Unplug the Christmas Machine Workshop". These
workshops have been held in both Christian and secular
contexts, and are based on the excellent book by Jo Robinson
and Jean Staeheli, "Unplug the Christmas Machine a complete
guide to putting love and joy back into the season". I
believe there may be workshop leaders available through an
organization called "Alternatives", which has a "Slow Down
Network" of speakers on the topic of voluntary simplicity.
The website, which has many suggestions for alternatives to
a consumeristic holiday, as well as particulars on how to
reduce stress at the holidays, is at
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