The holidays are all about spending time with family, helping the less fortunate, spreading good cheer, and worshiping according to your faith. Unfortunately, they’re also a time when people make mistakes that are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to fix later. Whether you’re enjoying an office holiday party or getting together with friends and loved ones, you want to avoid damaging your reputation, becoming the butt of a joke, or hurting someone’s feelings.

The holidays are cheerful, but they can also be a busy time of year for many, with crowded schedules, shopping and stress. That doesn’t mean you have to lose the giving spirit! The best gifts often aren’t material ones. Small acts of kindness that show you’re thinking of someone can mean more—and cost less—than a physical item.

Unfortunately, Christmas isn't always chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at your nose. The commercialization and pressure of the season can sometimes be difficult to deal with. You've got reason enough to take a little break from the festivities. Studies have shown that volunteering helps people feel more connected to their communities and useful to society.

Some people are born with a propensity toward organization. The rest of us are not. If the thought of an organized office, pristine closets and a pretty pantry do not motivate you, how about a merrier Christmas? HGTV asked top organizers to share their tips for adding more joy to the holiday season.

Have you noticed that more and more jobs for seniors are becoming available every year? If you haven't, don't worry. Depending on where you live, jobs for retirees and older workers aren't necessarily easy to spot. But that doesn't mean they aren't around. In fact, the U.S. economy increasingly needs the skills, experience, and wisdom that many mature workers offer.

Bonding with grandchildren can be tricky, especially if they are at a difficult age or the grandparents live some distance and don’t see them often. This can be even more difficult if the grandchildren are sporty and want to run around but the grandparents are hampered with poor mobility. However, everybody loves to eat, and cooking with children is a great way to spend time with them.

For many seniors, when it comes time to retiring, settling down and enjoying their golden years, there is no better place to do so than in a welcoming and inviting small town. Communities with less than 10,000 residents are often able to provide seniors with the low-key lifestyle they want when they are entering into this phase of their lives, while still ensuring they get the care they want and need.