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How to Survive The Holidays

Mirum sponsored this How to Survive The Holidays post.

Sometimes, you need a little help to get through the holiday season. Find some tips at

December is my favorite time of year. I’m in love with decorating for Christmas and blasting Christmas music while I work. I also really love spending time thinking about our friends and family and buying them gifts I know they’ll love.

And, of course, most of all, just spending time with our friends this time of year. We have a get together every Friday and Saturday this month, and of course, we still host football Sundays. For many, that part comes with a ton of stress. Not because you have to make chit chat with your friends, but because get together include pot lucks. You know what you’re bringing, but you have no idea what other appetizers are going to be at holiday potlucks and parties. So for heartburn sufferers, being prepared so you don’t get heartburn is a MUST.

Enter Well at Walgreens Omeprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets. It is designed to treat the symptoms of frequent heartburn (2 or more days a week). Some users may feel relief in the first 24 hours, but it may take 1 to 4 days for effect.

Taking Omeprazole ODT is so easy — a lot easier than deciding what Aunt Edna wants for Christmas. Omeprazole ODT with MELTech(TM) allows the tablet to dissolve on your tongue. You don’t need water to take it, which means you can take it anytime — like in the car driving to get your Christmas tree or on one of the season’s super long checkout lines.

Not everything this holiday season is easy, but this list is here to help.

How to Survive The Holidays

Make a plan ahead of time.
If you have a lot of family coming to visit — or if you have a lot of family to visit — make a plan. My brother usually makes a Google doc for his visits down to North Carolina and shares it with everyone. That way, we all know what the plan is and anyone can add or edit.

If you have a plan, and more or less stick to that plan, you won’t get overwhelmed. You won’t feel like you’re running from person to event with no sense of what’s happening next. You won’t get overwhelmed, and that’s most important. Make double batches of appetizers/desserts.

The first weekend in December, we had a pot luck in our community on Friday, a Christmas party on Saturday, and then our usual football party on Sunday. To save myself time, I made a double batch of cannoli dip to bring to the pot luck on Friday and the party on Saturday.

Both crowds of people were different, so no one would know it was a repeat. Plus, it made my life so much simpler by not having to think of and make two recipes.

Start wrapping early.
I purchase Christmas gifts all year round when I see something that reminds me of someone, but then I put it in the gift closet and leave it there until we get our tree. I won’t start Christmas wrapping in July because that’s just a little too soon for me.

But, as soon as the tree skirt is down and the tree itself is up, I start wrapping. I’ll wrap all the gifts I’ve already bought, and then I’ll wrap everything else as I pick it up. It’s so much easier that way rather than waiting until Christmas Eve.

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Have a few extra gifts handy.
I make a list of everyone I need gifts for and I double (and triple) check them. I want to make sure I have everything I need for everyone on our list. But, sometimes, something unexpected comes up. A Toys for Tots drive I didn’t anticipate or a last minute white elephant party.

So, instead of being caught off guard and scrambling, I always make sure to have a couple extra gifts: a stuffed animal, a few bags of chocolate, cute holiday socks, whatever. These always go over well with the recipient and no one really realizes I had nothing planned.

Spread everything out.
Christmas season just feels like such a rush. People try to hurry and squeeze everything into one weekend. Personally, I prefer to spread it all out. We picked up our tree and started decorating it the day after. I always think the tree needs a day to fall and fluff out before you start weighing it down with ornaments and lights. So waiting a day spreads out the decorating.

Try and do that too. Make a list of everything you want to do in December, rather than everything you want to do in a weekend. Spreading events, cookie making, and holiday visits out over the entire month make each activity a little more special.

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Avoid heartburn.
You don’t want to stress about every little item in a holiday spread. Recently, we were at a party with such incredible food – including buffalo chicken. For some people, that can be a food to avoid because the spiciness can bring on heartburn. But all the good foods – hot honey, jalapeno jelly meatballs, hot wings, etc. – can be ones heartburn suffers want to avoid.

I get it. The first time I had heartburn, I swore it was a heart attack. I called my mom and was basically like, “This is it. This is how I go. Come meet me where I am with an ambulance.” She was very calm and told me it was heartburn, I would be fine, the end.

So, to avoid that feeling at any holiday gathering – and especially to avoid having to avoid delicious foods – head to Walgreens now to pick up the Well at Walgreens Omeprazole ODT. I love it because the orally disintegrating tablet means people like me, who can’t swallow pills, doesn’t have to worry about how taxing swallowing a pill could be. I also love it because right now, Well at Walgreens Omeprazole ODT is buy 1, get 1 50% off at Plus, when you buy 2 or more Walgreens brand products, you’ll get 5,000 Balance Rewards points ($5).

Sometimes, you need a little help to get through the holiday season. Find some tips at

Omeprazole ODT is now available at or in many local stores, which is great because last time I picked it up, it was only available online. If you can’t get it at your local store yet, that’s not a worry. orders ship free if you choose ship to store or ship free with a $35 purchase.

*Use as directed for 14 days to treat frequent heartburn (occurring 2 or more days a week). May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Not intended for immediate relief. Do not chew Omeprazole ODT or dissolve in water. If you need to plan to take Omeprazole for more than 14 days, consult your doctor.

Chas Greener

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

There are a lot of great and helpful tips here. Thanks so much for sharing

Linda S

Friday 21st of December 2018

I highly recommend having a few little gifts waiting in the wings, wrapped and ready. You never know when they'll come in handy! Thank you for sharing these ideas and Have A Very Merry Christmas!