I love Christmas, it’s magical. Especially when you have little ones to share it with. This year the excitement has 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 seen.
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 realised that the reality of Christmas with young children is very different.
So for any other parents that may have been lulled into a false sense of reality by the perfect Christmas TV advert, it’s totally normal and ok if this is what your Christmas actually looks like.
1. There are tears because your child wants to open all the doors on the advent calendar in one day.
2. There are tantrums because your child wants to eat all the chocolates off the Christmas tree. Now.
3. You excitedly try to wake your child up early on Christmas morning only to realise that they’d actually rather be sleeping.
4. You find yourself rather bored unwrapping all the gifts you wrapped yourself for your little one, as well as what feels like a million other gifts from generous friends and family.
5. You get fed up by constantly having to either; unbox toys, assemble toys, install batteries or worse, a combination of all three.
6. You end up cooking a massive Christmas lunch that your little one won’t be able to eat much of and that you don’t feel like eating much of yourself after six hours of preparation and cooking.
7. 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.
8. A lot of your time afterwards is spent trying to find somewhere to stash all the new toys and clothes.
9. You’re absolutely exhausted and ready to call it a night by 9 pm on Christmas day
So yes, Christmas is absolutely magical, but it’s much better when you know what to expect from your first Christmas with children!
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