At the beginning of December I read an article someone linked to on Facebook that was written for the mothers of "littles." The basic message was, "I get that you're looking at Pinterest and seeing all these things that you think you need to do with your kids during the holidays to be a good mom, but that crap will probably just stress you out. You've got enough to do already. So take it easy. Your kids won't remember every craft you did. They just want to hang out with a happy, relaxed parent."
For me, this was very good advice. So I lowered the Pinterest-fueled bar and instead took it easy. Some days we stayed in our pajamas for way too long and watched Christmas specials on TV.
On Christmas Eve we made cookies to leave out for Santa.
Christmas Eve dinner (really a spread of appetizers and finger foods, which was awesome and a great way to get in your Christmas calories) and carols by the piano at GH's aunt's house. Since TDL loves singing (current faves are "Jingle bells," "Rudolph," and "We wish you a merry Christmas,") this went over well.
What went over less well was the much-too-late bedtime. He had a meltdown and wouldn't wear the cute Christmas pjs I bought. Then he insisted on wearing the Christmas stockings. We had to put him to bed like that and then go change him once he was asleep.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas!
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