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If Santa allowed small business owners on his list, what would you ask for?

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If you're a parent of young children, your little ones are probably starting to think about what they would like to ask Santa to give them for Christmas. Of course, for kids the most important requirement for Santa's gift list is whether or not they've been good this year.

Small business owners are industrious people. We work long days, weekends, holidays, and even while we sleep. For that alone, I think we deserve to be on Santa's 'good' list! However, since Santa has an age limit to his North Pole gifts roster, I have a few ideas for ways that we, diligent small business owners, can reward ourselves during the holiday season.

1. Don't bang your head against the wall over your trials during 2012. Every business makes mistakes (take Apple's Siri, for an example!). The important part is to learn from our oversights and move ahead - a little stronger, a little wiser.

2. Take time to thank your employees and customers for their support. They will appreciate it, you'll gratify your own spirit of goodwill, and it will start the post-holiday work experience off on a positive note.

3. Take a break from the office during the holidays. Turn off all electronic gadgets for at least 24 hours (yes, you will survive - I am living proof that it can be done!) and enjoy your family, good food and drinks and memorable moments. Try to avoid business conversations. Just relax and concentrate on the people around you.

4. Sleep late you've earned it! We hardly ever give ourselves the luxury of sleeping in, especially with little ones at home. My husband and I take turns one morning is his, the next is mine. This way, we can sleep until our bodies tell us to get up and stretch!

5. Do something that you love. My husband and I enjoy seeing shows like 'The Nutcracker' and 'A Christmas Carol' during the holiday season. It's a way for us to get together with our family and really get into the holiday spirit (we started this tradition on the very first year we started dating!). Some of our friends love to go skiing; others want to hit the movie theater. So find something you want to do and find time on your schedule to do it!

Little rewards like these help us recharge from the daily stresses of running a business and provide us with a fresh and new perspective to start the New Year on a positive note. I have already made a list of fun things I'd like to do during this holiday season to treat myself. I highly recommend you to start working on one for yourself. You deserve it!

Cntia Miranda is the president of Pulse Marketing Agency. Learn more about her work at

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