If you’re a mother in the midst of December, you know the long-standing chaos the holiday season brings. Between organizing vacations, picking out presents, and throwing Christmas parties, it just seems like there really isn’t any time to rest.
Well, just know that you’re not alone. Tons of mothers around the world feel your pain, and can honestly sometimes hate the holidays, just a little bit. If you find yourself in this sorry state (stressing instead of merry-making), we have a couple of things to say to you. Check them out.
We know you want to be the supermom that’s capable of making the most magical Christmas…but be realistic. It’s not feasible given the things you are responsible for. What is possible, however, is sharing the load. Set real expectations for yourself and list down the things you need to get done for the holidays; don’t be afraid to ask for help and divide the tasks! Christmas was meant to be enjoyed by everyone, so don’t count yourself out of that.
Schedules will clash, events will overlap, and you’ll often find yourself rushing to make it to every single holiday occasion. Please remember, you don’t have to do everything. There’s no rule that says that you have to. Prioritize which events you feel are a must, and skip the rest! The friend you barely know won’t hate you for not attending their holiday soiree, nor will your boss fire you for not showing up at the office Christmas party.
Let it go
Listen, it’s okay if your kid didn’t get the exact present that they wanted, or if the holiday decor doesn’t look exactly how you pictured it. Breathe. It’s okay! The pressure for mothers to make everything perfect during Christmas is intense, and so is the workload. You need to realize that some things don’t matter as much as you think they do. What matters is that you tried, there was effort, and most importantly, you’re spending time with the people you love.
Take a break
While you’re hustling and bustling planning for vacations and outings and events, it doesn’t hurt to take a little break for yourself. Put aside all the planning for a day and take some time to soak up the Christmas feels. Go out with the kids for some holiday shopping or enjoy a Christmas movie marathon with the fam. Doing holiday things will ease your mind and help you enjoy this season of warmth and togetherness!