Welcome to the holiday season!
Here is your to-do list, according to Pinterest:
- Hand-make ornaments for your Christmas tree, using your precious children’s hand or footprints. Hand-make gifts for all the grandparents. Hand-make gifts for all your friends. Hand-make gifts for the kids Sunday school teachers, scout leaders, and the mailman. Just handmake everything for the next 25 days, okay?
- Buy an Elf on the Shelf. Move said elf all over the house (not just the shelf). Set up a tea party for the elf. Embrace elf shenanigans.
- Start brainstorming 365 reasons you love your husband. Write them on antique parchment. Put them in a mason jar. Give it to him on Christmas morning. Don’t forget the elaborate wrapping job. Remember to nag him to read one a day for the next year.
- Speaking of wrapping- hand paint burlap for all of the gifts under your trees. Good moms don’t buy poison filled, environment killing colored paper from Walmart. They just don’t.
- Bake 73 different types of Christmas cookies. Things like Ginger-Doodles and chocolate dipped chocolate fudge. Maybe do some mini-cheesecakes and mini-bread loaves and mini-cake pops while you are at it. Paint the pottery you will use to deliver the cookies with elaborate scenes.
- Get your nails done with cute Christmas tree doodles on one of your fingers. Braid your daughter’s hair into an easy star or Christmas tree or reindeer shape. Make your daughter look like a Who from Whoville.
- Decorate your house with no less than 7 Christmas trees. Make sure they are free-range.
- Plan a Grinch party! A cookie party! Go caroling!
Make it all perfect.
go. go. go. do. do. do.
Or, just stop.
Here is a new list for you.
- Delete your Pinterest bookmark.
- Give yourself grace
All sarcasm aside, there are a million reasons to feel overwhelmed and stressed and sad this holiday season. Pinterest probably isn’t the problem. Life is hard, y’all. I have friends dealing with deployments, with the loss of babies, with ill children and aging parents. Maybe you moved this year and are homesick. Maybe Christmas just isn’t in the budget. Life. Is. Hard.
Whatever you are struggling with this holiday season, I hope you find a way to give yourself grace and find some peace this season. These coping techniques may help:
- Phone a friend
- Take a mom’s time out- set the kids in front of a movie, and hang out alone in your bedroom
- Write it down- sometimes putting your stress on paper can help make it seem less overwhelming
- Write a letter- if a person is the source of your holiday blues, write to them and lay it all out. You don’t have to send the letter if you don’t want to.
- Take a break- set aside your curriculum. It will be there in January and the kids won’t lose IQ points from watching YouTube videos for a couple weeks.
- Send the kids to a friends house. Return the favor when you feel better.
- Order takeout instead of cooking
- Start a go-fund-me to pay for medical bills and other serious situations- your friends and family may be in a place to help, especially if the need is great.
- Call local charities to see if you qualify for help if things are dire (angel tree, food banks, churches)
- Volunteer- sometimes the best way to feel better is to help others
- Go on vacation- leave the house and daily stress behind
- Say “no”- no to the bake sale, no to the Christmas party, no to volunteering.
- Tell your spouse/your children/your mother that you need help