When I was a kid, I remember watching my Dad get our 10 foot tree up in our living room as I sipped merrily on my once-a-year eggnog. Christmas music was playing on the stereo and my sisters and I would lay out our ornaments, reminiscing about a particular trip or “oohing and ahhing” over cute school projects from years ago. I never knew there was anything “hard” about Christmas. It felt simple, and happy, and easy.
Now I’m an adult with 3 kids of my own and I’m standing on top of our car helping my husband get the 10 foot balsam off our car. It’s raining and the tree branches keep getting stuck in my air. I watch as my husband takes the brunt of the weight and tries to line it up evenly in the tree stand. It’s hard work and takes several tries. “How do we get the star on?” I ask him as I stretch my arms as wide as possible to grab the other end of the lights from him. There are ladders and nails and scissors and swear words being passed around and our kids notice none of it. They are as oblivious as I was when it was my turn to be young and excited and carefree about Christmas. They start an assembly line to hang ornaments and all is right in their world. Ah, the magic of childhood.
But Christmas can be stressful for parents. There are bills and incentives, deadlines and deals. There are holiday cards and party outfits, shows to see and people to visit. There are Black Fridays and Small Business Saturdays and Cyber Mondays and oh wait a minute – Cyber Monday will go all week this year so make sure to spend, spend, spend while you can, can can, right? Psst – Don’t forget about Giving Tuesday! It’s a lot to swallow and probably best taken with some spiked eggnog if you ask me.
How do you deal with the stress of Christmas? I try to look at it in smaller bits so I don’t get overwhelmed. This week we will deal with the tree. Next week the Elf comes. After that the shopping begins. And so on. I make sure to bank with a company that rewards me for the spending I do. (I don’t think that was even thing when my parents had young kids so I make sure to take advantage of this modern day perk!)
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Anyway, I’ll I want for Christmas is …. a swear-free, stress-free month full of delicious eggnog and plenty of laughs. I hope that for you, too. 🙂
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