Why You Should Re-Think Your Fantasy Christmas

Major confession alert:
I am so NOT READY for Christmas.
Like, not even close.
Not a present bought.  Not a stocking hung.
And you know what?
I’m totally okay with it.
Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that the combination of ridiculously high expectations, cold and flu season and our kids’ dwindling impulse control is a recipe for gray hair and high blood pressure.
And I am so not willing to let any of *that* ruin my holiday cheer.
But of course, “letting it go” and “going with the flow” are easier said than done.
So in order to get your tra-la-lah on and deck your halls without a care in the world (or at least fewer cares) here are a few things that have helped me avoid my parenting stress-o-meter going into the *red zone* over the Christmas season:

  1. Get real with your reality

This is where our “fantasy” version of the holiday season can get us into trouble.

Our dreams of wining, dining and laughing with friends and family into the wee hours of the night may not be compatible with breastfeeding every three hours or toddlers having difficulty sleeping anywhere other than their own beds.  Anticipate challenges and take your kids’ unique needs into account well in advance of holiday festivities.  Doing so goes a long way in saving you from having to deal with the disappointment of unmet expectations.

  1. Manage the environment 

This goes right along with managing your expectations.  When you can anticipate your kids’ needs you can nip many behavioural issues in the bud before they even occur.

Your kids go off the walls after too many sweets?  Keep the bowls of