That’s right…we all talk and sing about the 12 days leading UP to Christmas, but what about the 12 days right after Christmas? That time when all the hope and wonderment and singing and family is gone and all you’re left with is…well…these things:
1st Day After Christmas: an utterly huge mess.
2nd Day After Christmas: extended family still hanging around.
3rd Day After Christmas: leftover food that’s starting to smell.
4th Day After Christmas: lost instructions to brand new toys.
5th Day After Christmas: Whining and arguing and tired children.
6th Day After Christmas: no energy or outfit for fancy NYE parties.
7th Day After Christmas: brand new resolutions for 2017!
8th Day After Christmas: broken New Year’s resolutions.
9th Day After Christmas: Christmas decorations that need to be put away.
10th Day After Christmas: the 4th visit to the movie theater in a week.
11th Day After Christmas: finally taking back Christmas presents to unhappy store clerks.
12th Day After Christmas: sending the kids back to school! Hallelujah!
I don’t know about you, but there is just no real break to Christmas. When you’re a working mom, Christmas is the busiest time of year. It’s go-go-go 24/7 with little sleep for you and the kids. I love Christmas–don’t get me wrong–but it’s exhausting. Follow that up with NYE and New Year’s Day and well, this momma needs more than a kiss at midnight, or a perfect present, or a glass of wine to make it through. All I can say is that my heart is joyful when my children are quietly playing together for those rare 30 minutes, or when I get a rare but heartfelt hug and ‘thank you.’ I love those moments. It makes these 12 days so worth it. And at theend of the 12 days, I know the kids will get back on the school routine and all will be right with the world again. I love the chaos, but I love the routine just a little more. Hang in there for these 12 days my momma friends, the routine is coming.
Wishing you joy and routine in the middle of Christmas Break!