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.

Parents (USA) - - Contents - by MARISA IALLONARDO

“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?

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