Christmas is less than a month away (insert panic
attack here) and then there's New Year's. Everywhere I turn I'm
hearing about Elves on Shelves, Polar Express train rides and
elaborate countdowns for kids. I get a little overwhelmed just
thinking about it.
I love Christmas, but it's easy to feel lots of
pressure to do everything and get stressed out. It makes me tempted
to forget it all and have a stress-free holiday.
But when I remember how much I loved Christmas as a kid, I
want my kids to feel the magic of the season for as long as
possible. They're growing up so fast and my time is
So here's my own personal "to do" list - simple but
Elf on the Shelf
Bake Christmas cookies
Drive around looking for great Christmas light
Movie night - Elf and popcorn
Wake the kids at midnight to ring in the New Year
with mini hot dogs and drink egg nog
Our Christmas cookies will be homemade, but they won't be
pretty. I may doze off a bit during movie night but I'm pretty sure
my kids won't notice. My Elf on the Shelf poses won't be legendary
- in fact, I can guarantee there will be nights we forget to move
the elves at all - but I'm encouraging my kids to believe in
What will you do to capture the magic of the holidays? And
how will you keep it from getting
Sara Parisi is an on-the-go mom of three energetic boys.
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