Oh the weather outside is frightful
and the stores are less than delightful.
But shipping takes way too long.
Shopping Mom, Shopping Mom, Shopping Mom.
We’re t-minus mere days until a slew of major holidays but we Moms know the deal. We’ve been preparing for a while now.
I love my husband with everything I have, but let’s face it- our men, are not us.
If we were to boycott the holiday prep what would happen?
Let me run down the list of responsibilities that befall a mother during the holiday season.
finding the outfits,
hiring a photographer or, like me, making the silly decision to do it yourself
getting the photos into a card
ordering said card
reordering/repairing said card when your family names are cut off because they cropped it funny!
sending cards, breathing a sigh of relief
Getting gifts for the kids
Coordinating gifts to the kids from grandparents/family members
Gifts for family members
Being sneaky while ordering/picking up/hiding gifts for Husband
Sending gifts for those far away and ensuring they arrive on time.
Running out last minute because you forgot something. argh
Purchase new wrapping paper because you can’t find last year’s.
Purchase new tape because yours is unsticky/full of dog hair/curiously missing yet everything on the toy table is taped together.
Vowing to wrap before Christmas Eve.
Wrapping on Christmas Eve.
Cursing yourself for waiting so long to wrap.
Cursing yourself for buying gifts that are difficult to wrap. Who wraps a baseball anyway?
Vowing to stock up on boxes/bags for next year.
Finishing wrapping in time to fall into bed exhausted.
Plan holiday meals.
Shop (or have husband shop) for holiday meal foods.
Prep, bake, cook holiday yummies.
Ensure that the kids don’t eat only candy for a meal.
Clean all the dishes.
This is of course in addition to the usual work, child rearing and overall housekeeping that is done during non-peak-holiday times. So, if the wife/mother/caretaker in your life seems a little more on edge this month, you now know why. Offer to help or take something on from the list above. She’ll appreciate you, for it!
Stay sane, and Be Great!