I love Christmas. It’s absolutely magical, especially when you have children to share it with. This year the excitement seems to have reached fever pitch in our house, with a two year old toddler that is deliriously excited by all things Christmas.
I have pretty much been walking around in a haze of excitement for the last month, daydreaming about those magical Christmas moments. You know the ones, putting up the Christmas tree, decorating the house, opening advent calendars, getting up early on Christmas Day to open Christmas presents, sitting down to the tastiest christmas dinner and most perfectly dressed table you’ve ever had. But as the little lady had a tantrum on the very first day of December over only being able to open one of the 24 doors on her advent calendar, I suddenly remembered what the reality of Christmas with young children actually looks like.
So I thought it sensible to remind myself and any other parents out there like me that may have been lulled into a false sense of reality by their perfect Christmas tv advert daydreams. Because it’s totally normal and ok if this Christmas:
- There are tears because your child wants to open all the doors on the advent calendar in one day.
- There are tantrums because your child wants to eat all the chocolates off the Christmas tree.
- You excitedly try to wake your child up early on Christmas morning only to realise that they’d actually rather be sleeping.
- You find yourself rather bored by unwrapping all the gifts you wrapped yourself for your little one, as well as what feels like a million other gifts from very generous friends and family.
- You get fed up by constantly having to either 1; unbox toys, 2; assemble toys, 3;install batteries or 4; a combination or all three.
- You end up cooking a massive Christmas lunch for three that your little one won’t be able to eat much of and one that you won’t feel like eating much of yourself after six hours of preparation and cooking.
- You don’t get to look at or enjoy your gifts on Christmas Day, let alone Christmas week. After all, it’s all about the kids now.
- A lot of your time is spent trying to find somewhere to stash all the new toys and clothes.
- Youre absolutely exhausted and ready to call it a night by 9pm on Christmas day
Christmas is absolutely magical, but when you have little ones it’s totally about what you make it!
Whats your experience with little ones at Christmas been like?