Being a parent during the holidays is both very tiring and very rewarding! I have put together a top 12 list of some “joys” and not so joys about this time of year. Enjoy!
12. Planning- As the parent you are responsible for the planning of get togethers, when to open gifts, what kind of food to have, the centerpieces for tables (See crafting later in this list! LOL)…so much planning! And then of course you have the last minute Larry’s who come in and throw off your entire PLAN that you planned for! UGH
11. Gingerbread Houses- Okay so am I the only parent who does not like Gingerbread?? I can’t be. Well tis the season to create messy, icing filled gingerbread houses that take up an enormous amount of counter space as they sit there and do nothing…can’t eat it right because your children are so proud of their leaning tower of gingerbread that it would break their hearts if you took a chunk out of the roof. So there it sits, eating up prime time real estate while mocking you.
10. Christmas Countdown- Don’t get me wrong here, I love that my oldest son wakes up at 6am, even on weekends, to go move the Christmas star one day closer to Christmas and then come in and remind me of just how few days I have left to get my sh*t together…I LOVE it.
9. Crafting- When you live in an artistic family crafting is a norm and is an art that you pass on to your own children. You get together for paint nights and you create your own year round decorations but then Christmas comes and your craft crazy family goes Christmas Craft Crazy! I have spent hours creating centerpieces and table-scapes and you know what I don’t hate it!
8. Shopping- Ladies and Gentlemen I began shopping in early November…I had a plan and a Christmas Club check…
7. More Shopping- Here we are five days away, totally out of Christmas Club money and here I am still shopping…excuse me while I update my Amazon Cart! #theworst
6. Wrapping- Nope. Listen, I used to think that wine would save me…come to find out nothing can save me. Okay, my fault for buying like everything ever but the amount of wrapping that I have done and have yet to do it beyond excessive at this point…who is with me? Please make me feel less alone!
5. The “Hot Toy”- You know what had I known that a fifteen dollar monkey that chills on your finger would be the one toy that everyone had to have and no one could find months ago when there were shelves full of these things…I wouldn’t have had to go to another country to get one! Yup I went that far. What have I done with my life. Oh speaking of going that far…I also hid some of these elusive monkeys in a Toys R Us for my mom besties while I was out shopping a few weekends ago because you couldn’t buy more than one. Okay I waited for the staff person to leave the table holding these valuable (eye roll) toys and then I grabbed a few and ran. Again I say to you, what have I done with me life?!
4. Mario- Mario is the name of our elf. Every single opportunity that my son has had to name something himself has resulted in Mario. We have about 5 fish named Mario as well. Anyways…if you are a parent you probably love your little Mario just as much as I do. Mario always makes a mess that he never cleans up, cooks M and M’s late at night and sometimes when he has had too much wine and done too much wrapping he forgets to move…MELT-DOWN. Oh and this year the 7 year old is sad because he is going to have to say good bye to Mario…I for one can’t wait for him to be back in the North Pole #justsayin
3. Cookies- I have NOTHING against Christmas cookies, except that they are so freakin YUMMY and my summer body didn’t work out like I wanted so I was holding out hope for my Christmas body…yea probably not.
2. Christmas Drink- Is brunch too early for Vodka? No but really??
1. Christmas Morning- I have to admit, I have absolutely nothing even passive aggressive to say about Christmas Morning. You don’t understand JOY at all until you have children on Christmas morning.
This Christmas I hope you drink the Vodka at breakfast, enjoy the wine while wrapping and take the good with the bad so that you can get to the GREAT.
Merry Christmas Y’All!