I bring it all on myself. I'll be the first to admit it. Christmas is the "Big Show" for this mom. I keenly feel how close we are to the end of all semblance of childhood. Soon the kids will be merely coming home to visit for Christmas, and not experiencing the full season together. So I'm trying to make it wonderful.
Party! This year, when the kids wanted to invite lots of friends to our cookie party, I said "Sure! Why not!" thinking that half the invitees usually aren't able to come.
Guess what? Everyone can come. Our tiny house will be absolutely packed. We're going to have to figure out how to do cookie decorating in waves. I'm going to have to triple my brunch entrees. Still need to bake hundreds of gingerbread men. I'm simplifying everything. Choice of drinks? Milk or water. It's a cookie party. I only have so much bandwidth.
Huge charity project. I am fiercely determined to meet my goals on this one, if I have to stay up all night getting details done.
Gifts! I swear every year that I wont wrap gifts on Christmas eve. Last year I achieved this goal. This year it's getting put off...maybe next week. I did most of my shopping online this year. Thank heavens for awesome sites like Etsy.
Handmade gifts! Very few this year. Hope to have more time next week.
Christmas dinner! My favorite meal all year. Also the most work. Goose is ordered. Menu planned.
On the bright side, cards are done, gifts are in done, we've been to wonderful concerts and a Christmas musical. Lots of family time in the evenings watching Christmas movies. It's all good.
Just don't look for me in January. I'll be sleeping on that couch.