The endless to-dos of the holiday season only exacerbate our already-high stress levels, and more often than not, we run ourselves ragged and end up locking ourselves in our closets away from the kids with a container of edible cookie dough (it’s a thing!) and a bag of chocolate morsels, maniacally spooning away until our toddler finds us and asks, “Hey mom, is that chocolate? Can I have some?”
Or is that just me?
Anywho, I think we all need to give less of a crap, starting… NOW! But because it feels impossible to press pause for a minute and let even one area of our lives go to pot for just a second so we can catch our breath, sometimes we need other people to sign off on it. So I’m here to help you, sister.
This is the season where I will now be saying, “Elf it.” (Silent “l.”)
I hereby give you, fellow stressed-out mom, permission to JUST SAY NO to any (or hell, to all!) of the following until this slow-motion-three-ring-circus-of-a-shitstorm we call the Holiday Season is over. You can officially feel no guilt about abstaining from doing any of the following, on any given damn day you want:
But when you do have to come back down to Earth and do any or all of the above, I suggest a phone call to Mom or your best friend for a classic whining session. Maybe while locked in the closet with some cookie dough.
Godspeed and Merry Christmas, my friends!!