Here’s a mom post. A Christmas-time mom post. Does anyone else feel like their brain is in a million different places this time of the year? All great places, mind you… but lots and lots of places. Here are a few of the bustling corners on which my mind has been loitering lately:
1. Advent calendars. Advent calendars alone take up like 25% of my working memory right now. We have minimum 5 of them going. Which means I need to remember who’s turn is it to open which one. Are there enough presents in each bag? Just remembering the date is half the challenge…
2. Presents. I WISH I could be one of those people who remembers to shop for Christmas throughout the year calmly checking off presents for each member of the family in August and March and June. When I DO buy presents in August and March and June, I forget about them and ultimately end up with multiple presents for some people.
3. Decorations. I have decorating ADD. There are little things all over the place. I’m working on making it more cohesive, but so far it seems like I have a zillion little touches… a bow here, a snow globe there, an ornament hanging there… and by the time I actually get everything set up AND the storage boxes put away, it’s 5:30 on Christmas Eve.
4. Guilt. Every time I pick up a little 60% off something for myself, I feel the urge to hide it under my bed for a few months so I can take it out and more honestly declare, ‘what.. this old thing?’ Tell me other people shop for themselves at this time of year. Please, pretty please. And just lie to me if I’m the only one.
5. The Damn Elf. I used to think the elf was the creepiest thing I could imagine. (Except for the characters from the Dark Crystal because they were pretty darn creepy.) But then I saw how much my kids loved the elf and realized that they didn’t see him that way… they talk to him and ask about him and want him all the time. So we drank the kool-aid and started creating nightly vignettes for the thing. But we don’t remember to deal until approximately 10:54 each night. When I’m tired. So very tired and unmotivated.
6. Frenzied children. No matter how often I point to the elf and tell the kids that ‘he’s watching’ they’re just wound up this time of year. Heck, I thought I would have to sedate Eleanor when we were decorating the tree. Oliver tried to hang a rain boot on one of the branches and Martha jumps frenetically on any piece of bubble wrap she stumbles across.
7. Coffee. Just when the making of a minor addiction to pumpkin spice coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts was in the making, they yanked it out from under my autumnal feet… I’m coming around to the white chocolate peppermint, but I’m not sold.
8. UPS. That’s all I have to say about that. Turns out wrapping and sorting presents for out of town family isn’t enough… you have to actually SHIP the gifts.
9. Stockings. Tiny presents that aren’t choking hazards but still fit in the stockings are harder to come by than you might think. There are only so many My-Little-Pony dolls and matchbox cars a mom can take. I pretty much give up after a while and throw a pile of presents in the vicinity of the stocking rather than find things that will fit inside the stocking. Amazingly, the kids’ don’t care even a little bit.
10. Parties. Specifically finding the right CLOTHING for said parties. I don’t know if you’re familiar with nuances of breast feeding, but it typically involves carnival sized boobs. That and the 3 handfuls of excess flesh on my stomach from being the size of a manatee for the better part of 4 months. I’m not exactly reaching for the strapless high waisted jumpsuit… nothing says holiday ‘festive’ like a sequins bulging at the seams, know what I mean?
Despite feeling like my brain may explode with the details of Christmas shopping and meal planning and decorating and how to set the timer for our exterior lights and wrapping and the plethora of advent calendars… I wouldn’t have it ANY other way. I love little girls in plaid dresses. I love little boys with santa clause hats. I love the smell of evergreen candles. I love peppermint stick ice cream. I love the flurry that comes with Christmas and the ‘special-occasion-ness’ of the month. I love how excited my kids are by each little 99¢ present they open from their advent calendar or each little bit of decor that goes up around the house. And I love that it’s a whole day of family and celebration and giving.
May your holidays be peaceful and bright surrounded by family and good cheer!
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