I Kept It All Together For The Holidays!

For the holiday season, with good organization and time management skills, I kept up our usual schedule, all the while creating Pinterist-worthy cards and home decorations.  The kids enjoyed a myriad of holiday-related activities, baking cookies from scratch, and helping decorate our house.

I wanted to share all, but I can’t.  I pride myself on writing an honest blog.  The reality is I really tried but I sunk to a few new lows this holiday season.

The good news?  We all made it through, despite my son wanting three (yes, three) Christmas trees, making nice enough personalized cards with my adorable children (and actually sending them out), and presents for everyone were bought (and not shopped for at the Circle K on Christmas Eve, as I have heard some people have done).

A few new lows:

I never found our Christmas stockings, so pretended that tradition didn’t exist and was glad my kids forgot about it as well.  (It’s amazing what an overabundance of sugar can do; I won’t say “sugar coma”, but “sugar forgetfulness”).

I utilized spraying Febreeze in place of cleaning when company was coming over.  I was out of money from gift buying and couldn’t afford my cleaning lady, but didn’t step in to cover for her.  My kids are sadly too young to be forced into child cleaning labor, so I was glad the health department never checked the germ levels on my kitchen counters.

We actually ran completely out of clothes.  My children have too many clothes, and at their sizes, everything looks adorable.  On the days they weren’t too stained and different people watched them from one day to the next, I left them in the same clothes two days in a row because I didn’t have anything clean to put them in.  For Christmas Eve, their Godmother gave them each two new outfits and I was so excited because not only were they cute, that was two more days of clothes for them to wear.  As I write this, tomorrow’s work clothes are in the dryer, carefully calculated to have just enough outfits until my next day off when I will surely tackle the seven or so unwashed loads.

Some Most All of my presents underwent an Un-Martha-Stewart-like treatment as I didn’t have the time or energy to wrap or even buy gift bags.   I relied on an old tried-but-true method of wrapping called, “Close your eyes and hold out your hands.”  Santa was on the same page, but managed to put a bow on his unwrapped present (and he enjoyed a peanut butter cup as that was what we had on hand was a nice change of pace from the cookies).

In retrospect, I only had the bandwidth for so many things, and prioritized the holiday things over the routine things.   But, in January, I do hope to raise those standards back up.

Did anyone else lower their standards temporarily for the holidays?