Last year, on the night of December 25, I put my kids to bed and collapsed on the couch.
All I could think was, WHEW. It’s over. Thank goodness.
I remember feeling quite the opposite when I was a child. The end of the much-anticipated holiday was a major letdown; I couldn’t believe I had to wait 365 days to experience it all again.
What happened to me, I wondered, that the end of the Christmas season now sparks relief rather than disappointment?
Oh, that’s right, I became a parent.
It’s true that having little kids makes the holidays more complicated—and sometimes more frustrating and stressful too. But small children are also amazing reminders of the magic, joy, and wonder of Christmas.
So this year I’m taking a different approach to make sure my family actually gets to enjoy all that magic and joy and wonder. I’m starting with these 16 serious sanity-savers. More →