Christ­mas doesn't have to be an end­less stress-headache.

Parenting - - Snippets -

cre­at­ing, carol singing, bak­ing, present wrap­ping, and City Mis­sion do­nat­ing, to name a few. It was a very, very busy sea­son.

By the time we had a bunch of fam­ily Christ­mases un­der our belts, we had tra­di­tions com­ing out of our ears and De­cem­ber had be­come manic and ex­haust­ing. At some point I fell out of love with the sea­son I had loved best and found my­self be­com­ing a real Grinch, wish­ing we could get it over with and won­der­ing why I even both­ered.

In a fit of ex­hausted an­noy­ance, I stopped striv­ing and gave up on fill­ing our De­cem­ber with Christ­mas ac­tiv­i­ties and out­ings. I stopped try­ing to come up with clever ideas and I stopped using our ad­vent cal­en­dar. (Yes, you heard me – no ad­vent cal­en­dar.)

I learned that when it comes to en­joy­ing Christ­mas, less is more. (I also learned that you should al­ways wrap your presents as you go, and not do a big pre­sen­twrap­ping blitz on Christ­mas Eve. It's so much eas­ier on your back!). From that time on we kept the days be­fore Christ­mas as empty and un­planned as pos­si­ble, leav­ing room for spon­tane­ity. We did Christ­massy things when the mood took us, pick­ing and choos­ing what we wanted to do based on en­ergy lev­els. We had a list of favourite pos­si­bil­i­ties which in­cluded –

Get­ting a ‘real’ Christ­mas tree (for that piney scent) and dec­o­rat­ing it to­gether .

Watch­ing favourite Christ­mas movies while eat­ing Christ­mas treats.

Grab­bing Mcd’s drive-through hot choco­late then go­ing to see the Christ­mas lights in the car.

Invit­ing friends over for a day to dec­o­rate store-bought gin­ger­bread houses (the mums sipped cof­fee and chat­ted while the kids went nuts with the lol­lies and royal ic­ing).

Some­times we threw an im­promptu Christ­mas party once school was out.

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