Yes, Christmas is a magical time of year. But it’s also fraught with organisation, stress and expense. For mums, ‘tis not the season to be jolly – here’s why.
17 ways Christmas brings out your inner Grinch:
Excitable children who won’t go to sleep. Never mind on December 24, this starts in late November.
1) The noise
You find it hard enough deciding what to buy your own kids. Never mind their cousins who you rarely see. And your husband’s godson.
2) Shopper’s delight
Shifting half your living room into the garage or under the beds in order to fit in a Christmas tree.
3) Changing rooms
By January, your house will look like Smyths Toys exploded and if you don’t take action now, you may never escape the sea of coloured plastic.
4) Stealth toy cull
When you were a child, an advent calendar was a cardboard window. Brace yourself for whinging if your beloved offspring don’t receive 24 Lego figures or two dozen mini Mars bars in theirs.
5) Tis the season to be sulky
In your head, wrapping presents is a festive joy accompanied by a Michael Buble soundtrack. Except you’ve lost the sellotape, didn’t buy enough paper and it’s 11pm on December 24th.
7) Wrap it up
You never intended to write any. But the thud of dozens of envelopes landing on your doormat means you’ve now got hand cramp and you’ve spent the GDP of a small nation of first class stamps.
8) The cards
Whether you stay at home or visit family, someone will be upset. See also your choice of Christmas roasting joint; what time you eat dinner and whether or not you watch The Queen’s Speech.
9) Party politics
It’s a full time job keeping track of which relative has bought which little darling what. Neck a festive Baileys if your partner complains that he has too much Christmas shopping to do.
10) Keeper of the lists
You thought you were being organised when you snapped up a tin of Heroes in late October. Now you feel nauseous, guilty and your pockets are full of wrappers.
11) Step away from the chocolates
The panic when your little one announces he now adores Transformers. Not Octonauts. On December 23rd.
12) Wish list woes
Glad tidings of joy have been swapped with a runny nose and sore throat. Sadly there is no army of elves helping you out.
13) Festive flu
You swore you wouldn’t but here you are in Asda’s car park at 6am, armed with a metre-long list and some very sharp elbows.
14) Trolley rage
The only box you want to know about is the selection variety. Any other kind will involve work.
15) Christmas Eve boxes
Because there isn’t enough to do with Christmas shopping, wrapping, tidying and decorating. Why not ANOTHER job on to your do list every blooming night.
16) Elf on a Shelf
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