You know how it goes! It’s December, and we’re in full countdown to Christmas mode.
It seems to me the whole world goes crazy at this time of year. Especially women. I’m not sure if it’s hormonal (we could always blame it on the moon’s alignment with Venus or some such, couldn’t we?), or whether it’s something our Mothers passed down to us, along with curly hair or caffeine reliance.
We could also blame Martha Stewart, Margaret Fulton or even possibly Ms Gorgeousness herself, for brainwashing us into believing that Christmas is a huge production number and we must rally round and produce a veritable feast whilst simultaneously having not only a spotless house but one that is decorated beautifully and all by our own two hands. And let’s not forget the perfect gift, deliciously wrapped for every person in our lives, a plethora of home baked goodies to be whipped out with a flourish whenever unexpected guests grace our abode (and let’s not forget the raft of little guest gifts wrapped under the tree for them to take when they leave – or so I read in a magazine a couple of weeks ago!).
All this while raising beautiful, well mannered children who are involved not only in every sport or dance class known to man, but play multiple musical instruments and are straight-A students as well. Um, and having… you know…
No-one ever mentions working while you do it all. Or sleeping!!!
It seems to me that the current generations (what are they again – Boomers, X-ers, whys and whatnots…?) of women need to burn the homemaker magazines and write a new script. One that
- doesn’t include guilt as first course
- includes taking care of themselves first
- knows when enough is enough, and that done is better than perfect
- knows when to ask for help, and to receive it with open arms
It seems crazy to me that we lead a fairly normal sort of life, juggling the balls and managing to keep the equilibrium basically intact right through the year. Then, come December, we go crazy and try and stuff as much as we can into 24 days!
This year, I’m opting out of a lot of the Christmas stuff. Christmas in this house will still be wonderful, but the stress? Gone. I’ve got other things to worry about. (Like where I am going to sleep at night). I’m looking at it as an experiment.
You can read the story of why that is over at Joyful, Jubilant Learning – here.
Can this household do the bare minimum for Christmas and survive?
Can we NOT have a tree and live to tell the tale?
Can we eat cold turkey, ham and salad from paper plates, using paper serviettes with little reindeer on them, and still hold our heads high?
I’ll let you know how I go.
For the rest of the world, I have another solution for you! Instead of chaos and going crackers (sorry, couldn’t resist!) why not stay sane and calm?
Grab your copy of Save Our Sanity: The Christmas Calm Manual – it will definitely challenge the whole frantic mess and rewrite the script of how Christmas and the lead up to it can be. Since we offer a money back guarantee, what have you got to lose? (We’re shipping right up to Friday 21st December… or download a copy any time – it will still be most useful to you during the aftermath of the Ho Ho Ho.)
It’s never too late to change the way you feel about Christmas…