Enjoying the holiday hustle — Mommy Daze

rsz enjoying the holiday hustleIt seems like the ‘holiday hustle’ is starting earlier and earlier each year. I’m usually a big advocate for waiting to start holiday decorating until after December 1st, but this year I decided we needed it earlier. Unfortunately, our family spent most of the Thanksgiving break attending various funeral arrangements for my husband’s Grandmother. It was an emotionally and physically exhausting week for all of us. To cheer everyone up, a few days after Thanksgiving we headed to the tree farm to bring home our Christmas tree. But what I wasn’t expecting was the ‘hurry to Christmas’ feeling that came home along with the tree.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays! The lights, the decorations, the cookies, the gingerbread houses, and the tons of festive events! I feel this need to try and do everything, like somehow if we don’t visit that one Candy Cane Village then it just won’t be the perfect Holiday. I laughed a lot when my friends and I went to see Bad Moms 2 in the theatre last month. It was as if the writers of that movie were somehow spying on my life.

To try and cut down on the craziness of this holiday hustle, I sat down with a blank December calendar and decided that what didn’t get written on that calendar wasn’t going to happen, and that would be okay! This is the first year my oldest son is in school all day, so that really cut down the available times we usually have for doing festive activities. I tried not to fill every weekend to the brim, because I know how important it is to just have down-time with my kids during this season, but I also wanted to make it a really fun month for everyone. I’m happy with our ‘schedule’ for the month, and am trying to keep in mind that things may not go exactly as planned. Last year we spent Christmas Eve with my youngest son at urgent care with strep throat and an ear infection. What can I say, we have school-aged kids, ‘sick’ happens!

I’m looking forward to December and am joyfully getting caught up in the excitement along with my kids. I know that as the years go on, the school-work will be more, the ‘coolness’ of making gingerbread houses and driving around looking at lights will be less, and the family time will be harder to get. So for now, I will fill my calendar with fun and enjoy the hustle, because one day, I’ll miss it.

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Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 5-year-old James and 3-year-old Luke.

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