My kids played Christmas Carols this morning. I got back from my run and there was Christmas music blaring from one of the bedrooms, and all the kids were crowded around listening to it.
The supermarket has Christmas lollies, gifts, and Christmas goodies and deals already. The local Paper Plus is selling Christmas paper, and there are new toy displays out every time you go in, and I’ve been in there three times this week.
My sons Junior Pantomime is NEXT WEEK, which seems way to early but I know it’s a logistical decision, because the Senior Pantomime is in December, but it means that my youngest is thinking that school is almost finished, and he’s not really getting it when I say he’s still got quite a few more weeks afterwards.
I found the beginnings of a ‘letter to Santa’ at the art table yesterday morning, and I keep walking into conversations about what my kids are wanting for Christmas – they seem to have forgotten that we did most of our Christmas shopping 2 months ago, exactly to get away from this kind of high energy pressure.
It’s the CRAZY season!
Are your kids at this stage already as well?
It’s November – early November – how did it get this nuts already?
Here are my Tips for this time of year:
- Keep breathing
- Allow the kids to get excited, but limit the conversations that you have with them about Christmas and presents (it’s still Nov!)
- It’s exciting that kids are already excited, and it’s magical too, so be patient with your kids, and try not to dampen their high spirits.
- Smile and nod, but be non-committal about definitive plans, and present buying.
- Keep notes in the Memo pad on your phone – it’s great to listen to your kids and the things that they want to help give you ideas for December, or Santa stockings, or for nieces and nephews that are similar ages.
- Keep everything as calm, and routined as you can – there will be extra activities, BBQ’s, and pre-Chriatmas school activities, but try and keep bedtimes, and dinner rituals as normal as possible, it will help the kids stay focused.
- Try and enjoy the time as well – excited kids are preferable to grumpy, bored kids.
It’s the crazy season already, and every where you look everything is screaming Christmas – you can’t really fight it, so you may as well just breathe through it.