Moms and holiday stress

I bet you’ve noticed that it’s the holiday season.  The holidays  are so hectic.  There is so much to cram into a few short weeks:  parties, shopping, decorating, cooking baking, wrapping gifts, finding awesome hiding places for gifts, culminating in planning a large meal and all along the way, there’s a lot of pressure (mostly self-inflicted) to do it all flawlessly.


I don’t consider myself a perfectionist but I’d definitely say I’m an aim high kind of girl.  I like to shop for personal gifts.  I try to get my shopping done with at least a week to spare.  I like to wrap a beautiful package.  I love holiday decor.  I love cooking a big meal and having people over.  I love entertaining.  I love the idea of going as a family to pick out the perfect Christmas tree.  I revel in the idea of  wearing pajamas, curling up on the couch with my kiddos and watching Rudolph and Frosty while eating popcorn and drinking hot cocoa from very cute mugs.

I think I’m the Clark Griswold of Ohio.

During most of the movie Clark is quirky, adorable and simply bubbling with holiday spirit but he has that one moment…  That one freak out, lose his stuff moment.  I had mine today.  What brought me to the edge?  A large quantity of harmless, not a big deal things:  a client super anxious for her order while my son was super anxious for time with friends while I was trying unsuccessfully to do something while I was on hold with customer service for an hour while ten other things were on my mind…  You get the idea.  And more than likely, you’re familiar with it.  Most people are.

So tonight…  Give yourself a break.  Get some rest.  Do something that makes you happy and we will all feel better tomorrow.