It’s the most wonderful time of the year…At least that’s what I keep telling myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Scrooge or anything. I actually LOVE this time of year. But it’s definitely not without its stresses.

Christmas was so easy when our girls were babies. We could go shopping for their presents with them in tow. Seamlessly strolling the aisles of Target, watching as the parents of older kids frantically rush the toy section searching for this years hottest toys. Suckers, I thought to myself. That will never be me! My kids won’t care about the “hottest toy”. We will be too busy making memories with all of our fun holiday traditions. Alas, I was wrong. Dead WRONG!

Fast forward 5 years to me waking up before sunrise to get that Black Friday deal on one of this years hottest toys that my girls so desperately need. What the heck happened to me?! Now I’m the sucker!

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Although our girls do love our traditions and making memories, they also love things. ALL.THE.THINGS. Things they don’t need, things we don’t have room for, things they will forget about a couple of weeks after Christmas. And guess what, my husband and I buy them those things! Why? Why do we continue to do this? Maybe it’s because we get caught up in the excitement of it all. Maybe we’re just crazy. Whatever it is, this year I say, enough is enough! NO MORE THINGS!

OK, maybe a couple of things.

But it gets harder as the kids get older. You have to find time to secretly shop, pray that the kids don’t see any non discrete packages that may arrive by mail, find a place to hide the gifts, and stay up entirely too late wrapping all the things you said you weren’t going to buy. And don’t even get me started on how expensive the gifts get each year. It’s like every year there is an age tax and the items they ask for are double the price than the year before!

Then there’s the constant fighting, testing of our patience, and bouncing off the walls; all causing me to loose my sh*t! Every time the holiday season rolls around the kids go completely a-wall. I know, I know, they’re just excited, right? Well excited or not, I am one more argument over who had that toy first, away from completely losing it!

I’m trying to make magical moments here and I don’t need any more added stresses! There’s already enough we have to worry about with that damn ELF we so innocently brought into our house a few years ago. Sure, my kids love it. And yes, I have fun setting up crazy scenes for them to find. And of course seeing their eyes light up in the morning is the best. BUT some days, I also kind of hate it. Like when I forget about it and wake up in a fog at 2am, then have to drag myself out of bed to move the freakin thing. Ya, those extra stresses I could do without!

The stresses always seem to pile up around this time of year. And for the past couple of years I’ve found myself a stressed out, hot mess come Christmas morning. I’m short tempered, a bit manic, and just praying for a day without fighting. Please, can we please just get through one day with out torturing one another?!

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I’m tired of being stressed, I’m tired of yelling, and I’m tired of trying to create a perfect holiday for my family. We aren’t perfect, so I don’t know why I expect everything and everyone in my family to be perfect around this time of year. (I blame Pinterest and the Hallmark Channel!)

It’s the middle of December, and I’m done. No more perfection, no more extra stresses. I want to be able to enjoy this time of year. I want to be able to enjoy my family without turning into a momster ever 5 minutes. It’s not going to be easy, but I am determined to not lose my sh*t from now until Christmas! Wish me luck, I’m sure as heck gonna need it!

It’s the most craziest time of the year! Anyone agree?

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