The holidays, as we all know, can be super stressful especially for us parents. Between buying gifts for EVERYONE; family, teachers, the mailman, the garbage men, the neighbors, the neighbor's dog and whoever else, traveling expenses if you're visiting family in Timbuktu, cooking, baking, party preparation and housing out-of-town relatives, we're dishing out money like it's the newest fad. Then making sure the fuckin' elf is moved before the kids wake up, remembering advent calendars, decorating your tree; the inside of your house; the outside of your house, your goddamn holiday bathroom towels (not here! sorry!) your kids wanting EVERYTHING even before Santa comes...seriously, no matter where you go they ALWAYS want SOMETHING). Then knowing that you have to clean out your fuckin' playroom-o'-death because there are going to be a million more toys and books and SHIT to fill it up again...And that's all on top of the normal household crap: laundry, cooking four meals each for breakfast, lunch and dinner (because of course the kids don't want what you've made them the first or second or even third time), cleaning, changing diapers, wiping asses, calming tantrums...and the list goes on. It's stressful as hell people!
Let me tell you something: my tree is half-decorated and I'll probably put my outdoor lights up the day my in-laws fly into town. My walls are unfinished with taping lines everywhere and I have carpet missing from construction we are doing in the house. I have temporary curtains up on my living room windows that look like college dorm tapestries, I have done NOT ONE BIT of shopping outside of the internet and I have a huge pile of brown boxes in the garage filled with gifts!! Why Dear, Heavenly Baby Jesus do we have to wrap all of these gifts??!!!
Fine, for the non-kid present a nicely wrapped gift is always nice to look at and open up...but over the last few years I've realized that my kids, no matter what age, have given ZERO SHITS about ripping open paper-wrapped gifts! Every Christmas I'd hear "Oh, they're not really going to care so much about the gift. But they're just going to love ripping the paper!" Um...no bitch, not the truth. I literally thought there was something wrong with my kids because they literallly didn't give a fuck about the damn paper! WTF??!
So, my mother has this adorable little tree in the den where the kids play. She put empty boxes underneath it to look like presents. Well, ya know the saying "Give 'em a toy and they'll play with the box?" That's TOTALLY my kids!! They gravitated toward these little empty christmas boxes, started putting their toys inside and carrying them around...then opening them up like it was a new gift!
After seeing so many pictures of mountains of perfectly wrapped presents (done early) on facebook, instagram and snapchat I feel like a dumbass that I don't even know where my wrapping paper is! I even bought holiday paper last year thinking I'd have it on-hand to get a "jump" on things! hahaha!
Don't get me wrong, I can wrap a damn gift like the best of 'em but like I've said many times before...I don't have my shit together! Like I REALLY DON'T!! So wrapping gifts usually happens on Christmas Eve and that fiasco lasts till at least 2 a.m. (Partly because I have so many gifts to wrap and partly because I procrastinate like a motherfucker).
I should have learned from my father-in-law who has been using the same boxes for years now...Each person having their own set of matching "nesting boxes." So this year I'm taking a cue from my father-in-law and kids and the empty boxes from my mom's little tree and taking my ass to the dollar store and getting a bunch of holiday boxes that I don't even have to put ribbons on!! And maybe I'll get a little fancy and buy some tissue paper!
I'm also planning on keeping some gifts unwrapped altogether because when the kids come out and see the unwrapped toys they freak at the instant view. (Just another thought too!)
Listen, if you don't have your gifts wrapped yet don't fret! Just say Fuck-it! And get holiday boxes. Save a ton of time, headache and a boatload of trees because they are reusable for years to come! Make sure each your family members have their own design so you can decipher whose is whose. Or just buy removable labels so they don't ruin the boxes and can be re-labeled.
PLEASE have an AMAZING Christmas and as always I hope this post eases your mind a little! Lets enjoy the holiday and hopefully now you are able to check at least one thing off of your "stress list!"
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Be kind to each other and PEACE OUT!! xoxo
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