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This Plus That Equals…. Christmas Stress

This plus that equals…. Christmas stress

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about the stresses of Christmas.

Christmas Stress
My Christmas Tree

These are all entirely of my own making and overall Christmas is still my favourite thing ever, but I don’t want you to think that just because my Instagram is filled with elves and crafts there hasn’t been a serious amount of gin and crying in the kitchen involved as well.

12 Makes of Christmas
Gift buying and wrapping is all on me, it’s handy when I can tie that in with a blog job too!

It’s all on me

To be fair this is the main stress. Everything falls on me. Arranging seeing all the family and friends we need to see, present buying, food shopping, fun and games, card sending and house decorating. It’s all me. Plus Christmas is a really busy time at work, what with it being retail and all and yeah it’s pretty busy on the blog front too. Gift guides to be written and I’m an Elves Behavin’ Badly brand ambassador this year. I feel like I don’t have time to breath.

Feeling Calm
Selfies amongst the Christmas lights

Making it magical

I really want every day to be special and magical for L. I love seeing the wonder in his eyes and excitement in his face. So I will make sure we go to see some amazing Christmas lights, we will see Father Christmas, we’ll dance and sing to Christmas music and make festive treats together.

All this magic is flippin’ exhausting though and if we go somewhere and he doesn’t enjoy it, you know, because he’s four and has a tendency to hate things I’ve put a lot of effort into, well that genuinely hurts.

Christmas stress
Yeo we’ve already opened a few of those advent doors

Not enough time

It’s already nearly a week into December and I’ve still gt all of the cards to write and post. All of the presents to deliver. There’s my work party, a local blogger party, L’s nursery party and husb’s work party to be factored in. Plus friends to see, car MOT and service, cat boosters and other normal life things to fit in. When I actually start to think about how I’m going to manage it all I can feel my heart beat faster and my mouth go dry. So when people ask when I’m free to catch up and arrange something that’s not happening until well into next year, do not be surprised when I say ‘not until next year’!

Christmas stress
The elves look good here, not so much cover in tape and string and tears of despair

It’s not all Instagram perfect

Not surprisingly it does get to me. But as I don’t want to remember the part when I’m ugly crying on the kitchen floor I’m not going to share it on social media to remind me forevermore. Who wants that you’ve got memories notification from Facebook to tell them about that. Not me!

It’s not just the breakdowns though, I spent ages this evening attaching elves to balloons and balloons to invisible thread to hang from the ceiling. I got the pictures. They look awesome. Everything has since fallen to the ground and I’m going to have to bodge it before bed so the kid can wake up to something cool. As an ambassador though, I’m 100% sharing the good pictures, sorry, but I am.

Christmas stress
Christmas Jumper on and I’m good to go

None of it stops me loving Christmas

Would I actually change anything? No! Well I’d get my husband to actually help and maybe write out a card or buy a present for his own family, but I’ve not seen any pigs flying recently and I’ve got to remain realistic with my wishes.

For every breakdown I have or elf related mishap I suffer there are ten times more amazing moments that make it all worthwhile. Even though my chest might feel tight with anxiety, my heart is warm and filled with joy. It’s all a balancing act and overall it is worth it.

So I’m going to carry on stretching myself too thin and sharing all the best bits, because those bits are what I have worked so hard for and they are the bits I want to remember. I’ll also be a teeny, tiny bit jealous of the mums out there who don’t do elves or Christmas eve boxes and are wise enough to be actual grown ups. I am none of those things. I am just a giant, Christmas fuelled child.

Christmas Stress
Christmas Tree lollipops I made with L

Finally, I’m linking up with #TwinklyTuesday, #Blogstravaganza, #StayClassyMama and #fortheloveofBLOG


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20 thoughts on “This Plus That Equals…. Christmas Stress”

  1. It can get so stressful can’t it? I think we put far too much pressure on ourselves to achieve the ‘perfect’ everything! I’m always the one who has to organise everything too! Hope you have a lovely Christmas after all your effort x

  2. This is the first year Christmas has been magical for our girls and it’s so amazing to see. We need to go and do a big shop though, I’m dreading it! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  3. It’s such a hard time of year with so much going on! Sounds like you’re doing brilliantly, keep it up. Xx #blogstravaganza

  4. Any Christmas activity that has you crying in despair should be blown off. I have no idea why we set ourselves so many hurdles over a fairly arbitrary thing. We could celebrate it by doing nothing at all, if we wanted to – instead of seeing 10 million people, buying a gazillion gifts and squeezing in countless ‘traditions’ and activities….That said – the elves DID look great. #Stayclassymama

  5. “All this magical is flipping exhausting”
    Never have there been truer words! It always seems to happen that way. Mom gets shafted from all of the magic because she’s stuck creating it for everyone else. I hope you get a to sit back, relax, and enjoy all of your hard work paying off with your family. Happy Holidays! #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. Christmas Day is my relax day. We just have a slightly fancy sunday roast for lunch, which will be prepared with a mulled wine or two on the go, then it’s feet up and watch the child play with his presents!

  6. Definitely less is better for the mind and body. We can get so bogged down with endless lists that you need to prioritise what is important. I now and again have to ask myself, who am I doing this for? X #twinklytuesday

  7. Hi Briony, I think there are Mums/ women all over nodding their head as they read this. Most of the organisation for Christmas does seem to fall at our feet. Over the years I’ve learned that the freezer is my best friend, yesterday I bought a small sack of potatoes, par roasted and froze them all ready for Christmas. Tomorrow I will prepare the Yorkshire puddings and freeze them too, it may sound organised but if you know me you would know I am probably one of the least organised people out there!

    We are lucky as Christmas isn’t so rammed down our throats and I don’t have many gifts to buy. And as much as I love Christmas as the magic of it all, there is not a chance I would entertain the Elf… There’s enough to do with that!

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