Hacks Newsletter – Week 8 – Holiday Hacks of the Week


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Holiday Hacks of the Week

Holiday Hack of the Week 1
Life Hack #75: No matter what kind of event you’re hosting, thoughtfully curate your seating arrangements. If you take the time to think about where people are sitting—and to connect with them one-on-one—they will feel appreciated for attending. 

Holiday Hack of the Week 2 (Reprise) 
Life Hack #97: Leverage your children (or your friend’s children) to make name cards for dinner. That way they get to practice their penmanship – and learn about who’s coming to your home. 

Holiday Hack 3 (New!)
Old Friends Matter. One of the great joys of writing a book and having launch parties around the country has been the opportunity to catch up with great, old friends around the country. Like with ornaments and menorah, as friends go, oldies are truly the goodies. The familiarity, trust, humor, and resilience that forges friendships over decades is a gift that keeps on giving.

Holiday Bonus Hack: Tell one of your oldest friends many of the things you have valued in him/her this holiday season. Card, text, email, call—use whatever form is most natural for your friendship (although I am partial to old-fashioned, hand-written cards, as you may know). And if you are fortunate, raise a glass with as many old friends as you can this holiday season, too. Time is a gift in close friendships. Cherish your tribe.

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