When did Christmas go from the most wonderful time of the year to the most stressful? Between the parties, the gifts, wrapping, travel, and sheer exhaustion it is easy to focus more on what is next on the calendar instead of enjoying the time spend with friends and family. How did Christmas lose its wonder and how do we get it back?
Thinking back to Christmas when I was a child, I remember the excitement surrounding the Holidays. I have fond memories of spending time with family, eating too many sweets, and staying up way past my normal bedtime. Was having 10+ children under 10 in the same room all opening presents at the same time stressful? Yes! The thought of that now is enough to give me anxiety just thinking about it. But as kids it did not matter that we were cramped together to make sure everybody had room, sitting on the floor because all the adults were on couches. It was loud and chaotic, but I do not remember it that way.
When preparing for Christmas it is easy to focus on the idea that everything needs to be perfect. The children NEED to have certain outfits on so the photos will look good, they must be frilly and stain free and you and your spouse must coordinate too. The food HAS to be perfectly cooked and has nothing but everybody’s favorites. The decorations MUST look as though they are straight out of a magazine. Why do we put all of that pressure on ourselves? I can just about guarantee you the only thing the kids are wondering is when they can take off the itchy dress and when can they open presents.
Life around the holidays can and will get chaotic. There are always last-minute gifts and a change of plans. Why not instead of letting this throw your day off completely think of how excited you are to see the family member who called 5 minutes ago to see if they can stop by? In the grand scheme of things will sitting for an hour to catch up be the end of the world? Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule but for the most part isn’t it more important to remember to enjoy the experiences life offers?
How do you plan to bring more magic to Christmas this year? The countdown has started and gift wrapping is in full swing. Every so often look at your child, see how excited they are for Christmas and remember that in the end everything will be okay.
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