It’s that time of year where we dream of the perfect Christmas. You know the one, where kids come to the Christmas table to eat their beautifully cooked meal (without yelling/crying), the kids love what has been cooked for them and they say thank-you when the meal is done. Or we dream about everyone being happy with the gifts that have been purchased for them, kids sharing their toys with their siblings and then finishing the day playing board games without yelling and just enjoying each others company.
Let me give you the hot tip… this dream does not exist. Get this perfect picture idea out of your head. Society has painted a picture that is not real and families; especially Mothers around the world beat themselves up every… single… year… because Christmas wasn’t “perfect.”
This year, I’d love for you to let go of the idea of a perfect Christmas and accept now that things will not be perfect. I’d love for you to think about what Christmas would look like if it wasn’t “perfect?” Would you be in the moment more? Would you laugh more? Would you take more photos? Would you smile? Would you enjoy Christmas more?
Instead of thinking about Christmas being perfect, I’d love for you to think about Christmas this way.
Christmas. Perfectly Imperfect.. Embrace the Moment.
Christmas Perfectly Imperfect
I’m here to tell you it’s ok to drink too many cocktails and not tick every last box off your to do list.
It’s ok to not complete or ever start your Christmas baking.
It’s ok to not send out Christmas cards that probably won’t get read.
It’s ok that your tree isn’t perfect because your children have placed all the ornaments in one spot.
It’s ok to not make extreme props for your Elf on the Shelf and hide the little shit where ever you want. Hell you’re doing well for even remembering that he needed to be moved to another spot, so high five!
It’s ok that at some point during the holidays you’ll probably end up in a corner crying because that’s all you’ve got left. It’s ok to not have it all together, or to be perfect every minute of every day and I raise my glass to you because you’re doing a great job. And I’d be honored to share my corner with you any day; just remember to bring some booze.
So this holiday season, try and take the pressure off even if it’s just a little bit. Embrace the chaos, the mess and the pure exhaustion that comes with the holiday season and accept that Christmas won’t be perfect, but it will be perfectly imperfect.
Angela xx from Finlee and Me
Angela is an author, entrepreneur, blogger, mental health clinician and most importantly a mother. She explores various topics related to parenting/children on her blog and also in her four books: 30 Days, 30 Ways for Mothers to Take Care of Themselves, 30 Days, 30 Ways for Connecting with Your Child , Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids and 30 Days of Christmas Cheer – A Month of Holiday Traditions and Memory Making. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and her website Finlee and Me.