The old Christmas song tells us, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. Experience tells us, however, that the holidays are sometimes harrowing days. To get ready for the holidays, we have a lot of work to do.
First, we need to get all caught up at work so that we can take some time off. This means we need to do twice as much work as we normally do, and, for many jobs, year-end deadlines are deadly. Second, we need to get all caught up at home so that the house is cleaned, decorations are hung, presents are bought, and plans are executed. If people are coming over, then we need to get the house ready for guests. If those guests are staying with us, we might end up running a temporary bed and breakfast, as well. Third, if we have children, we need to keep them sane while they fill up on weeks of cookies and cocoa that will fuel them with lots of energy and enthusiasm and little sleep. By the time the big day arrives, our children can look and act a lot like drunken pirates intent on mayhem.
By the time Christmas comes around, we are often out of energy, money, and sanity. Add to all of this the pressure to see in-laws who act like outlaws when everyone gets together. The biggest holiday of the year can turn from a nice memory to a nuclear meltdown before you can even finish your first glass of eggnog.
How about you? Do you have any miserable holiday memories?
My wife Grace and I have learned some things about holidays as a family through trial and error. We have been married for more than twenty-five years and have five children. We want to share with you six things parents can do to make Christmas merrier.