Everyone has favorite holiday traditions. What are yours? Do you have a certain menu you must prepare? A tree lighting ceremony you always attend? A favorite book you always read? Is there something you must do or it just “wouldn’t be [insert holiday of choice here]“? We all have the list. It wouldn’t be the holidays without it. Guess what? I have that list, too. Only mine is a list of things I don’t do.
1. Decorate to the Hilt. I would love for my home to look like the inside of the December issue of The English Home magazine. (Oops, did I just admit to reading The English Home? How embarrassing.) It’s just that I don’t want to upset the delicate balance I’ve created between the toy clutter on the floor and the paper clutter on the counter.
2. Bake Dozens of Cookies. I promise that if you don’t give me a plastic-wrapped paper plate with 16 kinds of cookies I won’t give you one, either.
3. Make Tons of Crafts with my Kids. Is it just me or does it seem like
4. Give Lots of Gifts. Good news! You don’t have to get me a present. Bad News. I won’t get you one either. Seriously, adults should not make wish lists.
5. Take My Kids to See Santa. I don’t like lines and crowds. I especially don’t like lines and crowds while trying to keep two kids entertained. A team of reindeer couldn’t drag me to Macy’s in December.
I accept that you now think I am a giant Scrooge. But I’m not! I love Christmas! I do! In fact, when I first started dating my to-be-husband, who is Jewish, I made sure to disclose that under no circumstances would I be giving up Christmas. Every other holiday was up for negotiation, but for one month of the year I would be reveling in everything red, white, green and twinkly.
Everyone else’s red, white, green and twinkly, that is. So, if you decorate, bake, craft, give and ho-ho-ho be sure to invite me to your holiday party. I’m really fun at parties and I’ll even bring two bottles of bubbly.
That’s my holiday confession. Now it’s your turn. What are your holiday don’ts?