Fa-la-la-la-la… its that time of the year again when the pressure is on to take supermom status to a whole new level. There’s gift buying/wrapping/ delivering, baking, card writing, greeting sending, party going, pageant attending, house decorating, charity giving and general mass organization. I am the self-appointed project manager of Christmas in our house.
I love Christmas. Always have. You’ll never hear a humbug out of me. Twinkling lights, Bing Crosby, Chestnuts – I love it! Okay maybe not the chestnuts. (Have you ever tried roasted chestnuts? Um euw.) But it is a lot of work when already juggling momhood with my day job. So this year I’m trying to go easy on myself and online shopping has become my new best friend. No more running around the crowded mall, sweating profusely and hoping you’ll find that EXACT thing in the right colour and size. Hello online shops, you freaking rule. I just ordered gifts, had them wrapped and delivered from the comfort of my couch. Does it feel like cheating? Absolutely. Am I going to keep doing it? I’d be stupid not too. Its all about time management you see and if I did all of that on foot it would take the better part of an afternoon.
And how about those pesky teacher’s gifts. I mean, poor teach, you probably have a pile of stinky lotions and travel mugs in your desk drawer of Christmas past. Right? How many boxes of chocolates can one poor teacher endure. This year, they are getting a gift in name from Unicef – Survival Gifts to community schools in need. I figure that may be appreciated more in lieu of yet another Starbuck’s giftcard?
Its the same with the cookie situation. For years I spent a whole December Saturday baking. And we all know how awesome I am at that! Not this year my friends. Not only am I so far off the wheat and gluten train that I won’t even enjoy the little goodies, I am so bad at making them I’ll save my family the grief. Oh yes, it will be store bought this year. Just enough for the big day so we’re not laden with too many treats for the whole season.
This year, I will pour my extra energy in hosting whoever wants to come by for some holiday laughs, creating memories instead of adding to the pile of stuff. So if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by. Just don’t expect any cookies or a beautifully wrapped gift.