I'm setting my sights a little lower this Christmas.
Let me explain.
Each year as we approach the holidays, or any extended break from school, I enter with delusions of grandeur about the incredible Mary Poppins-like crafts and activities I will plan for my kids. Each and every day. Visions of handmade ornaments, homemade meals and books read quietly by the fire dance through my head. I mean, isn't this what all working mothers are supposed to dream about? A big, honking chunk of uninterrupted time to bond and connect with the little ones?
Then before you know it, you're roughly 10 minutes into the winter break and you find yourself screaming at the top of your lungs for the kids to stop picking at each other and wonder how in the hell you're going to get through 2 straight weeks of uninterrupted family bondage...I mean bonding.
Or is it just me?
So, this year I've deciding to bring on the merry making with lowered expectations. It all started with the decorations. Usually, I run point on the tree decorating. This year, truth be told, I just wasn't feeling it. Hurricane Sandy threw me and the vast majority of the tri-state area for a loop. A combination of winter onset blues and low level depression just made matters worse. But, for the first time, rather than forcing myself to suck it up and make with the merry, I honored my feelings. I slept a bit more. Tried to do something nice for myself every day. And I let my husband take the lead on the decorations. And guess what? The world didn't end and the house looks better than ever!
Moving into winter break, I've decided to be kind to myself (and my kids!) and aim for ONE special activity each day. We kicked off our vacation on Saturday with a special breakfast of bacon and egg pizza (totally delicious!), followed by holiday baking. The boys were my chefs-in-training and many holiday memories (and messes) were made. Today, we painted sun catchers (a great gift from Sunday school!) and we'll catch Rise of the Guardians later this afternoon. Tomorrow, our grand adventure will be the children's museum, and we'll end the day with cookies and milk for Santa before bedtime.
We're only 2 days into the break, but we're doing better than most years. I'll keep you posted.
And if all else fails, there's always wine...
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