I’ve seen a lot of mum-guilt this last week. Mums feeling bad that they don’t have their tree up, or that they don’t have, can’t find or totally forgot about the Elf on the Shelf. Mums feeling guilty that they forgot to bake cakes for the school Christmas fayre, or those who grabbed a random bottle (possibly out of date?) to send in for the tombola as they were running out of the door to take the kids to school. Mums who haven’t finished the Christmas shopping, and those who haven’t even started (hi!). Mums worrying that they’ve missed out on booking a grotto visit or feeling sad that their kid’s best friend is off to Lapland when all they will manage is the shopping centre Santa outside Iceland.
Stop it. Just stop. Christmas day is just that – one day. I know there’s a certain amount of preparation to be done (oh, if only Santa was real!!), but it’s just one day. Not one month. Not even one week. Just. One. Day. The kids? All they’re really bothered about is opening some presents on Christmas morning.
Of course, it’s lovely to do the whole Santa visit experience, make mince pies together, decorate the tree, make Christmas cards (although I do have some lovely, simple ideas here!), but please, please don’t feel pressured to try to do it all. As long as your family is fed, clothed, warm, happy and, importantly, loved, that’s all that really matters.
Be kind to yourself. No kid wants their mum to be a jibbering wreck come Christmas day!
Read last week’s tips for fighting the festive fatigue…
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