If you are like me you recently sat down and looked at your calendar only to discover that you have something every weekend between here and 2018. That realization may have made you wish it was socially acceptable to pour a glass of wine at 11 am on a Thursday.
It’s not even Thanksgiving and I’m already feeling the holiday stress. And yet stress is the last thing I want to feel this time of year. I want to feel merry and joyful and full of cheer. But the past few years I’ve found it hard to just enjoy the holidays when my to-do list looms large.
After posting about this on Facebook, I thought maybe all moms needed a pep talk and a reminder that they got this.
A Mom’s Holiday Pep Talk
There is no rule that says you have to do everything. Ask for help, it’s not a sign of weakness but a sign that you have management skills.
This holiday season “no” is the most powerful word in your vocabulary.
Followed by “more wine”.
Speaking of wine it’s the gift you give all the hard to buy for people on your list.
All baking is optional, there is a reason bakeries were invented. Also, pre-made sugar cookie dough and sprinkles are just as magical and half the time.
Wrapping gifts is always better with a glass of wine and a holiday movie.
When in doubt turn on Love Actually it always sets me in the right spirit.
No matter what happens your holiday won’t be worse than National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, it’s really all about perspective.
That party, chore or other obligation that you are dreading, don’t do it.
Little known fact, husbands can write Christmas cards too.
Shopping online saves you time and money and really if you aren’t using Amazon Prime you are missing out.
The Elf doesn’t need to move every night and really does he need to come every year.
If the Elf is necessary to your holiday cheer, set a reminder on your phone.
Class parties do not need to be Pinterst worthy. The kids will not care.
Moms this time of year we are the heroes but let’s face it we know that is pretty much true all year. We do the shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning, and more holiday parties than we need to and we do it while still doing all of the other things that get overlooked every day.
This season isn’t about getting all the things done it’s about enjoying it with your children. It’s about wide-eyed joy and laughter and memories, and anything that doesn’t contribute to that isn’t necessary. Remember that you are queen in charge of this holiday, make a list and check it once then check it twice, pour a glass of wine and turn up your favorite music! You got this. Let’s do it.
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