If you know me or even if you just follow along on my blog, you know that I love Christmas time. The lights, the decorations, the cookies all make my soul very, very happy. However, for some reason this year my holiday planning and preparation has been a total mom fail and I for one am so exited that the holidays are officially over. Here is why, for this edition of Mom Life Monday (formally Mom Fail Monday), feeling the holiday stress and excited it is over is completely acceptable.
Mom Life: Holiday Stress
The holidays are always a stressful time of the year. As moms, we feel as though we need to create the perfect day for our families and kids. This puts an incredible amount of pressure on ourselves to find just the right gift, perfect the art of wrapping and to create a beautiful decorated table to place the well cooked (i.e. not burnt) dinner onto.
If this resonates with you check out Ways to Avoid the Holiday Stress to get some tips to lower your stress level a couple of notches or just grab a bottle of wine and have a glass or two (or the entire bottle, no judgement here).
We strive for the Pinterest perfect picture of what the holidays should look like and kill ourselves trying to achieve that. So I’m here to say that I for one did not have my shit together when it came to Christmas this year and it’s okay if you didn’t either.
It’s also 100% fine if you took down all your Christmas decorations the day after Christmas, yelled at your kids more then once, let them eat all of their holiday candy and silently prayed for the kids to go back to school or daycare. Just because you want all those things in the post holiday haze doesn’t mean that you’re a bad mom or love your kids any less.
In fact, it is a perfectly normal way to feel after the holidays.
I saw a couple of Instagram stories the other day from moms who were appalled that people were taking down their trees and decorations the day after Christmas. Then said as an after thought “I’m not judging.” Well yes, yes you are and just because your house still looks like Santa’s freaking Village doesn’t mean that everyone else’s has too. I for one, wanted my house back ASAP and frankly, my real tree had officially become a fire hazard.
So who else is with me? Over the holiday season and excited to put all the holiday stress behind you and move into the New Year? Or are you holding onto the holidays for a little bit longer? Let me know in the comments below!