Last night I started my lists. I feel that Christmas is catching me up this year and I am usually so organised. Lots of my students seem to have apps on their phones with a count down started. This freaks me out a little as time is ticking away and I’m not doing anything. It made me wonder how those types of apps make others feel. I personally think it adds to my stress levels as it tries reminding me I am running out of time, yet I am not really. My preparations will start in earnest after Erin’s birthday, I will enjoy that first. The apps are the modern day version of clock watching and I don’t think it’s helpful. I think it makes the children too excited to early which just wears them out. In addition the Christmas adverts are in full swing, I saw the iconic ‘holidays are coming’ advert on Saturday and that just adds to the pressure.
Instead I want to enjoy this time of year. I want to enjoy the festivities with my family. I am refusing to have any such apps on our devices and a simple advent calendar is all the reminder we shall have. I don’t need to be panicking, that is not what it should be about. I love choosing presents and have already started collating Chloe’s wish list. I can’t wait to start decorating the house and I am telling myself there is no rush. My children have never gone without on Christmas day. The presents are always wrapped, the food is always bought, cooked and enjoyed. The family always enjoy some fun activities whether it be ice skating or visiting santa at cadbury’s world. This year I will be able to smile (and probably shed a tear) at Erin’s nativity as it is on my day off. For my that will be huge as I reflect on just how far she has come this year. last year although she was walking she couldn’t climb or jump. Now she will take her place on stage with her peers and make me so proud of what she has achieved now that she is almost four.
This year I am not going to get het up over over the details. I plan to do much of my shopping on the laptop with a glass off wine in hand. I will use sites like home wet bar to select the perfect gift for my family members. I will have my shopping delivered and not have to battle the shoppers and find myself carrying large bags home. This Christmas I want to sit back and enjoy. There will be no countdown in November causing anxiety – I really feel that parents put themselves under too much pressure to outdo others.
Disclosure: This article is in collaboration with Home Wet Bar.