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Sunday, 29 December 2013 19:41

Christmas Chaos

Last week, our 'Christmas' began on Sunday afternoon and ended on Saturday evening (yesterday).  For those of you counting, that's seven straight days of Christmas for our little family.  Actually, December 27th was our one 'free' day last week, but after the five days previous to it, it felt like a lot of catching up. 

When I was a child, I loved the craziness of Christmas. I loved the go-go-go of daily family gatherings. I loved the treats that were everywhere that we didn't usually get every day, and of course I loved the gifts! I loved Christmas concerts, dressing up and spending time with family who only came to visit once or twice a year - usually on Christmas. 

I have to admit that I still love all of those things... but it's different as an adult. There's a lot more work involved.

When I was a kid, it was my parents who 'footed the bill' for most of Christmas - and spoiled us rotton. Now, I'm the one doing the spoiling - spending too much money, and worrying about where it will all come from.  It was my parents and grandparents who spent time cooking and baking to supply all of the wonderful meals and treats that were spread around everywhere all season long. Now, I'm volunteering for a lot of the cooking and baking also and although there are few things I love more than spending time in my kitchen - even before the reno - and I don't begrudge it for a second, it adds extra pressure to the holidays. 

For the next  few years, when we come home from a family gathering, it will be Brian and I who are cleaning up from the inevitable chaos of that morning's breakfast dishes and wrapping mess that we rapidly created before rushing away for the day - probably much later than planned.  We will be finding homes for our gifts, as well as any gifts given to our daughters who are too young to understand yet that the middle of the kitchen table is probably not the best home for their new Magna Doodles. We will stay up until much too late trying to get the girls to finally sleep, and then when we are certain they can no longer be awoken by the noise of dishes clanging together we will clean up the kitchen and our wrapping mess to be ready for the same thing again the next day. Then, we will collapse onto the couch in front of the TV and spend the next two hours (probably all of which will occur after midnight) letting Netflix entertain us.  Despite their late nights, the girls will wake us at the same time each morning - probably only a few hours after we have finally fallen asleep ourselves and we will zombie through the holidays on much too little sleep. 

But it won't always be this way. 

It won't be long until the girls are able to make - and clean - their own breakfast mess, help with gift wrapping for each other and grandparents, and find homes for their own Christmas haul.  In just a few years it will no longer be quite the problem it is now if they choose to stay up until after midnight talking, reading, or playing with their toys. Soon we will be staying up late to watch Christmas movies together. 

This year the girls were too young to be able to deal with the excitement of Christmas, and it manifested itself in too little sleep and sometimes very grouchy little girls. Soon they will relish the excitement, and maybe - like I did - they will thrive on the constant upheaval and change of a busy holiday season.  I'm looking forward to really loving the crazy again and not just being exhausted by it. It will come.  

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