The Parent’s Run Up To Christmas (the real version)

A list of things you can do (with the small humans!) before Christmas to really get into the spirit. I’m tired of finding posts like this that suggest posing your kids for a Christmas photo will be easy, or forget to mention the havoc that comes with Christmas crafts… So mine is a little more realistic! Enjoy! 

  • Bake Christmas cakes or biscuits – you can do this several times in December, they will all be eaten!
  • Clean up the disaster-zone kitchen after the kids have helped you bake
  • Make Christmas cards
  • Wrap up warm and go for a walk to look for signs of Winter
  • Find glitter in your hair/carpet/food after making Christmas cards with the kids
  • Go and see some Christmas lights
  • Make your own decorations
  • Find more glitter, and sequins, and bits of tinsel. Debate asking for a new hoover for Christmas
  • Heat apples and cinnamon in some water on the stove to have your whole home smelling Christmassy
  • Listen to Christmas songs (you can do this while cleaning, while driving, while running errands – anywhere really!)
  • Repeatedly try and correct your toddler, who is now singing the bad word you yelled at that crappy driver instead of the actual lyrics to ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’
  • Watch a Christmas film
  • Watch the same Christmas film again. And again. It’s your kid’s new ‘favourite’
  • Wrap gifts
  • Take some cookies/cake to your neighbours
  • Donate to your local food bank or offer to help them out
  • Decorate the house
  • Redecorate the wall that your toddler decorated with sharpie marker and glitter glue (hint: stick the tree in front of it, nobody will know)
  • Make and drink hot chocolate (yours may or may not have a shot of something stronger in it)
  • Invite some friends round for a mini Christmas party
  • Curl up with a blanket/in your fluffiest pjs (while staring at the mess left over from the mini Christmas party, and praying that the kids sleep long enough for you to down that glass of wine)
  • Enjoy a Christmas scented candle – I reccommend cinnamon or spiced apple. Keep out of reach of children!
  • Fake-snow all the windows
  • Scrub fake snow out of your rug after your youngest decided to ‘help’
  • Read a Christmas book
  • Go buy or make an extra gift for someone who might otherwise not get one
  • Give the kids a Christmas bath – use food grade glitter and colouring with lots of bubbles (or just buy them a posh bomb from Lush cause it’s easier and means you can snag yourself some early Christmas prezzies while you’re in there!)
  • Make your beds cozier – add fluffy throws and extra pillows
  • Regret bothering with the kids’ beds when they end up in yours, kicking you in the head at 3am
  • Count down the days to Christmas (three times a day, every day, at least)
  • Pack them off to your Mum’s/Dad’s/friend’s or just plonk them in front of the TV for an hour on Christmas Eve, so you can panic clean the house. Then have more hot chocolate, watch more films and remind them that they must sleep tonight or else Father Christmas won’t come.
  • Put overexcited children to bed, spend the evening re-wrapping presents, then fall asleep ready for their magical smiles in the morning
  • Wake up exactly 2.5 hours later to kids jumping on your head screaming “Mummy wake up it’s CHRISTMAS!!!!” and feel grateful.

    That’s pretty much how it goes, and yet it’s the most magical time of year for all of us – particularly when we get to see the little ones opening their presents! Happy Christmas fellow parents – have a good one!

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