Guest Post from Author Karen Schaler

Writer of Netflix Hit A Christmas Prince Karen Schaler shares her holiday survival tips
inspired by her latest Hallmark Christmas movie Christmas Camp and her new novel
Finding Christmas.

Ready or not, Christmas movie marathons are starting up earlier than ever this year, even
before Halloween. The same thing is happening in stores across the country where Halloween
costumes and candy sections are getting smaller, overshadowed by all things Christmas. I’m
not going to lie. I love it! This is what I wait for all year long. Bring on the glitter. The more the
merrier. Bring on the holiday happiness and joy.  I’m ready. But then I cheerfully live in the
Christmas world 24/7 writing Christmas movies for Netflix, Hallmark and Lifetime and writing a
new Christmas novel every year, earning the nickname in the press “Christmas Karen.”  
But if you’re feeling more bah humbug than holiday happiness, I have some festive, fun holiday
survival tips for you, straight from my newest novel, Finding Christmas, that’s just been released
this October, and my new 2019 Hallmark movie, Christmas Camp. For Christmas Camp I also
wrote the novel that has a special edition out this year that now includes the sequel Christmas
Camp Wedding, just in time to be the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your nice list.
Another option for anyone needing a little extra help finding their Christmas spirit, you can
attend my real-life Christmas Camp® for grown-ups that I’ve created, bringing my Hallmark
movie and Christmas Camp books to life at the award-winning Phoenician resort that’s
happening this December.

No matter where or how you plan to spend your holidays here are some of my favorite
“Christmas Karen” holly, jolly tips designed to help you embrace the true meaning and magic of

Karen Schaler’s aka “Christmas Karen’s” Holiday Survival Tips:
– Don’t Ho, Ho, Ho, your way into debt, debt, debt.
Don’t try and play Santa to everyone and impress with expensive gifts. Thoughtful gifts are the gifts that are truly priceless and show you took the time to think about what a person would like. If you’re not sure what to give, do a little research, ask someone close to the person. It can be as simple as finding out their favorite treats and making or buying something for them, but don’t just give a gift to mark someone off your list.
Don’t have a holiday relationship…with your phone. Just don’t! Trust me, you can survive an hour or two without your phone. Here’s something I like to do. During holiday meals have everyone agree to put their phone away. The first person who grabs their phone gets to clear the table and do the dishes or pick up the bill if you’re out at a restaurant.
Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle by over-scheduling yourself. You don’t have to say “yes” to every single event you’re invited to. Pick and choose what matters most, so when you show up, you’re really enjoying yourself and don’t feel stressed out, feeling like you’re being pulled in ten different directions.
Don’t be the hostess with the mostest.
Share responsibilities. People like to help and contribute, so let them. Divide and
Christmas conquer. This way you get to try different holiday dishes and learn about other
people’s favorite foodie holiday traditions.
Don’t be Scroogy. Find a way to volunteer and to help those less fortunate. Tis’ the season to make a difference and pay it forward. My birthday is a week before Christmas. So instead of a
traditional party, I like to gather my friends and family together to volunteer. Everyone always thanks me for setting this up, and it has become a wonderful holiday tradition.
Don’t forget to honor and embrace what really matters most. Spend quality time with your family and friends and remember being present is the best
present you can give someone.

For more holiday survival tips, including some delicious holiday recipes that I include in all of my
novels, both of my books, Finding Christmas and Christmas Camp are on sale now. Also, be
sure to sign up for my newsletter and follow along on social media because I’m doing a lot of
great giveaways and I have links to special book discounts and all my latest Christmas movie
news. My next Christmas movie I wrote, Rediscovering Christmas, is coming out on Lifetime this
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