This is the Day I Spend Quality, Holiday Time With My Kids.

A few years ago, I had hired a babysitter so I could go Christmas shopping without kids tugging at my sweater begging for cocoa while I shopped.  And it was nice and peaceful, but after a few hours, I realized that Christmas planning was stealing me away from Christmas with my family.  I had sent my kids off with my husband so I could decorate the house in peace.  And I had hired a babysitter so I could go to the Christmas tree lighting in peace.  And I had sent my kids to my mom’s house so I could do some baking in peace.  And all that peace brought me a lot of quiet and very little time with my family.

Don’t get me wrong: I’ll almost certainly hire a babysitter to help me while I shop this year (shopping with a one-year-old is a nightmare as you moms of toddlers can certainly attest), I’m also going to make sure I reserve time every day during the holidays to just be with my family and even more, I’m letting my six-year-old and my five-year-old help with the baking, the decorating and the shopping.  I know there’s a good chance my decorations won’t be Pottery Barn perfect and my Christmas cookies won’t be elegantly decorated, but I also know that the time spent together will be cherished.  By all of us.


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  4. When my kids were little I would have an image in mind of how these holiday times would go, like baking cookies. Inevitably they would lose interest after the first batch was finished and they got to munch into them. Then there I was with cookie dough for another six dozen and no kids in sight. Or they would put the ornaments they liked on the tree and there I was trying to do the rest while listening for crashing noises in the next room. I think the lesson I took from that (after several years!) was yes, plan some of those intentional times but leave enough wiggle room for what the kids wants to do with the time, not just what I wanted to do with the time. Lo these many years later, my 25-year-old is the one who likes to do the tree after all. And I let him.