It’s no secret around here that I’m not a fan of a certain December holiday. I make no attempts to hide the fact that I really dislike Christmas. Somehow long ago I thought it was my duty to make sure everyone had a fantastic holiday and the aftermath just meant that I did not. Then, I had my normal pre-Christmas breakdown but I did something that I don’t usually do, I went over to my schedule at work and I took time off. Not because we had therapy, not for a doctor’s appointment or a school function, but just because I needed some time. Granted it was for the week after Christmas, but I took days off work for me. And it felt good.
Then it snowballed.
I found myself saying I couldn’t go to parties. Not because I had something else to do, but because I didn’t want to.
I found myself accepting the Christmas gifts we could afford and not stressing that it wasn’t enough. The kids have plenty.
I found myself not stressing when certain people didn’t provide ideas for gifts. These people will get what they get. And maybe without a gift receipt to return it.
I found myself making the kids chicken nuggets or sandwiches for dinner because Christmas baking or activities made us late for dinner.
I found myself baking less and accepting the fact that a batch of cookies turned out less than perfect.
I found myself not caring that the kids didn’t sit on Santa’s lap. Neither of them, they were both terrified.
I found myself actually living up to my so-called belief that things don’t have to be perfect.
And it felt good.
I didn’t scream “I HATE CHRISTMAS” this year. Not once. Although I did freak out a little and send my husband a text that read “I JUST WANT TO BAKE F%$&^% COOKIES”, but no one is perfect.
I’m completely prepared for the fact that once again my kids may be afraid of Christmas morning. Or maybe just Molly will. She’ll come around and when she does we will be opening our presents under the tree. Then I hope my family is prepared that I will be drinking wine out of a new wine sippy cup Santa will be leaving in my stocking. After all it’s Christmas and what kind of holiday would it be if there weren’t some day drinking involved.