It’s that time of the year, and if you ask me – it’s the best time of the year
It is the warmest, most beautiful, most emotional and the most spiritual time of the year -Christmas !
Unfortunately over the years it has become the most expensive and most stressful .
There is constant pressure that everything has to be perfect, which can cause you a lot of stress. But it doesn’t have to be really that complicated. Enjoying Christmas doesn’t have to cost that much.
Christmas magic is already in the air – you just need to add a little glitter.
The key is to keep everything simple and fun. Here are some ways to do so!
Every time I go into any shop, Christmas decorations are so tempting and I want to buy them ALL! I always end up buying a lot of decorations that, let’s be honest, I don’t even need.
How about this? Instead of spending a lot of money on decorations- make them. Make them together with your kids. Kids will be happy because you are doing something together and they will have a lot fun making them. There will most likely be a lot of glue and glitter around the house, but also a lot of fun.
And yes I almost forgot…Put an orange peel on the heater vent. It looks nice and smells even nicer.
- Dinner is ready !
First – don’t overcook. Second- be smart when picking the menu. What would make you think that your kid will eat something that he or she doesn’t usually eat, only because it’s Christmas?
Don’t experiment with new things. I don’t know about your kid, but it’s easier for me to get him to brush his teeth than it is to get him to try to eat something new. So make something that everybody likes.
For example, my younger son likes broccoli ( not my child, I don’t know how that happened) so I will make him a Christmas tree from broccoli.
I like butternut squash, so I will make butternut squash in the oven with extra cinnamon on top. It is delicious and the house will smell like heaven.
My husband likes beer. I will put antlers, eyes and a red nose on the bottle so he will have reindeer beer.
And my older son…oh well he likes chips. How festive is that?! But since I will be making Christmas magic, I will make him home made sweet potato chips. Bon appetit !
- In vino veritas
“In wine lies the truth” – Latin phrase
Hot wine, mulled wine, gluhwein, vin chaud – call it whatever you like. Red wine or white, you pick. There is no need for it to be expensive and good since you can add spices to give it some flavour. Just add oranges, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cardamom… That’s something for you, so you can survive all those Christmas preparations.
- Family traditions
Start your own family tradition. This year I’m planning to start new tradition where we watch home videos from when we were young. It will be very interesting for my kids to see what my husband and I looked like when we were little.
They will remember this all their life, and maybe one day they will sit with their kids telling them how their parents had this tradition when they were young.
This way you will stay with them forever…
I don’t remember any present I received back when I was kid, but I do remember my father serving dinner dressed up as Santa. We were laughing and my younger sister was crying because father didn’t come to Christmas dinner.
I used to spend a lot of money on presents so that my kids could end up playing with a box. So keep it simple. It’s better to have a few small gifts, but wrapped nicely. I just love wrapping! Use your imagination here too. Write nice cards. Let your kids draw something on the paper and wrap gifts with that.
Wrap them experiences and memories, not the gifts.
- We are not alone in this world
Use opportunities to teach your kids empathy and the beauty of giving and sharing. Let them go through toys that they don’t use anymore and have them donate them to other children. It teaches your kids giving, and helps make other kids happy as well.
Fifteen years from now your kids will not remember gifts. They will remember you being there.
They will remember their brothers poop explosion during Christmas dinner. They will remember their father falling asleep and his snoring during the Christmas movie.
They will remember the smell of hot chocolate, orange and cinnamon.
They will remember magic that YOU, their mother, put together.
And you…you don’t need magic, you already have it. Your magic is your kids laugh and having your family together…
Ok…and hot wine.