Christmas Crazies Be Gone!

Every year, I say I’m not going to do it. I say I’m not going to get stressed out. That I’m not going to worry if I can’t do it all. That I’m just going to focus on keeping the Christmas Spirit alive and well—whether or not all goes as planned.

Yeah right.

Like every other mom on the face of the planet, I’m committed to doing everything possible to giving Tori the Best. Christmas. Ever!

So I start making lists. Lists of holiday activities we must do, crafts we must create, cookies we must bake, presents I have to buy… it quickly gets out of control.

And those lists? Are crazy making. Guilt inducing. After all, what would the other moms say if they knew we haven’t done any holiday baking? And that there isn’t a single string of popcorn strung on the tree? And that only one window on our Advent calendar has actually been opened?

I know that chances are, they’d say “me too.” But the crazy lady that lives in my head tends to forget that.

So right now, I’m putting her on notice. There will be no more Screaming Guilt Trips in my head. No more could’ve would’ve should’ves.

Because at the end of the day, none of that stuff matters. It’s moments like this that do:

Tori helps Daddy put up the Christmas lights.

As long as I keep giving her things to smile about, I'm doing my job.

Besides, I’ll be seeing my grandmother in a few days. She’ll do enough guilt tripping to last me the whole year through.

Now, would someone please pass me the eggnog?


5 Comments on Christmas Crazies Be Gone!

  1. Janet
    December 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm (4 years ago)

    That sure is an adorable picture, so you must be doing something right!

    • Amber
      December 20, 2011 at 8:48 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks. I have to remember pics like that when she’s mid scream.

  2. Rebecca
    December 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Spontaneity. That is what creates the best Christmas ever. Not lists and plans because the kids can feel your stress and not enjoy the moment. But if you see a commercial on television about free cocoa and free carriage rides along with free photos of Santa and you get up out of the recliner, dress in whatever suits you (not what will make a good photo) drive out to wherever this is going on…and enjoy the moment. That is what best Christmas’ are made of.

    • Amber
      December 20, 2011 at 8:48 am (4 years ago)

      No argument from me! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Lady Jennie
    December 21, 2011 at 11:22 am (4 years ago)

    Oh eggnog! I forgot I have to make the eggnog!

    hee hee – me too, me too – crazy lady.


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