Let’s Get Real
We know you want to make holiday magic for your kids, but if doing so is wiping you out, it’s time to play the #selfcare card the way these smart mamas do.
“No more driving all over the state to attend every family function in December. We did six parties last year! This year, we’ll do one with our own family and one with each set of grandparents, and that’s it.” —Erin Heger; Olathe, KS
“Visiting a famous local street full of really decked-out houses gave us our fill of decorations last year. We’ll go again and then not feel the need to light up our own place.” —Ingha Chopra; Los Angeles, CA
“Cutting down the tree is something from my childhood that I fully intended to continue with my kids. But the thought of navigating rows of evergreens with a fussy baby, a headstrong toddler, and a reluctant bow-saw-toting husband? Well, we’ll get our tree from a supermarket this year.” —Laura Liberti; Ridgefield, CT
“I haven’t yet taken my toddler for Santa photos. It seems pointless to ask him to sit on some stranger’s lap and smile for a picture. Letting it go!” —Megan Rogers; Washington, DC
“Last year, I was hell-bent on starting a tradition of homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. I kneaded the dough, let it rise overnight, the works. Truth be told, they weren’t even good. This year, they’ll come out of a can and be a million times better.” —Cara Sievers; Memphis, TN
“We’ve stopped wrapping presents. Instead, we place them in a giant sack, one for each kid. Saves time and money!” —Alexis Hugelmeyer Chapel Hill, NC
Ack! What fun is this?