I made it through this Christmas holiday!

Holidays seem to take on a new perspective when you have kids. Things are no longer about you. They’re about your children. Your quest in life innately becomes to create the “best Christmas ever” for your kids, and crazily enough… that’s okay.

Even though my twins were oblivious to most of what was going on, they seemed to enjoy themselves. Their “out-of-town” grandparents are in town giving them extra hugs and kisses, and on Christmas day, after their first gift, (and a few eaten Christmas bows) they finally got the hang of unwrapping presents. Everything is right with the world… but is it?

There’s a lot to deal with over the holidays: germy relatives (sorry Sis), overspending, and funky schedules. There’s currently an interesting dynamic between the fiance and I as we cohabitate with my parents – his future in-laws – this week. How do you survive it? Spiked eggnog helps.. But what else? Here are a few tips that will have you coasting through this holiday finale with grace… and your sanity.

Stick to a schedule:

If your kids are used to being in bed by 9:30, have them in bed by 9:30. I don’t care if you’re at your aunt Sheryl’s house 500 miles away from home – Keep that schedule. You’re kids will be less irritable and they’ll be more comfortable with the predictability in the long run.

Do not overspend:

This is SO easy to do. It’s Christmas for cryin’ out loud. They absolutely positively need that $15 plastic cell phone with the digital screen and 25 songs to go in their stocking…. No they don’t . I’ve discovered that children (especially toddlers) are happy with even the smallest, cheapest items. No need to break the bank. A little creativity can go a long way.

Don’t be afraid to put your cousin Thelma in her place:

Does one of your family member have that perpetual sniffle and raspy voice of a cold that’s still lingering? Do not be afraid to tell her to wash her hands or even keep her distance from your 1 year old with the still developing immune system. This will save you some heartache in the future. SHE’s not going to be the one staying up with your fevered child through the wee hours of the night. They’ll understand.

Take some time for numero uno(s):

Don’t be afraid to step away and take a breather. Head to the patio with a glass of wine and a magazine for a few minutes of quiet time. Too cold? Take it to the bathroom. Seriously. Too much togetherness can prove to be a bit much. Don’t forget about the spouse. Find a quiet corner to discuss the days happenings, and just enjoy each others company. If you don’t take the time to step back and relish in the holidays and all that it has to offer, you won’t appreciate it.

Everyone knows that the holidays can be crazy, and down right stressful. Take some of the stress out of it by following my tips. You’ll thank me later. ;)



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