Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Christmas Stress & Measuring Expectations...

I am sure I am not alone in my childhood Christmas memories being littered with such Mummy catch-phrases as...

"I get NO thanks from NO ONE!"


"I suppose you all think the Christmas fairy organised all this?!"

And other such theme tunes from the festively pressurised.

Now I get this is my first Christmas as a Mum and all I have to worry about is one little baby and a husband. But mix in half a dozen December birthdays, the fact we're hosting Christmas and some of THE most disorganised family members known to man and I'm about ready to bust out a shrill "I get NO thanks from NO ONE!"

I have a glimmer of it now. I don't like it. I don't want to go there. I want to be a source of fun for my children. I don't want to set myself up for being the bad guy but I also don't want to feel unappreciated.

There's a balance to be struck somewhere. It involves asking the following...

Who am I doing this for?
What is my goal?
Are my expectations realistic?
Am I so busy building "perfect" memories that I am missing the real stories being written?

I need to measure all this. Slow down. Absorb. 

A few snaps from our trip to Jimmy's Farm... The PERFECT spend of a sunny winters day...

This will be the most wonderful Christmas. The only variable is if I am really there to see it.


  1. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that you are there to see it.
    Slowing down and absorbing is hard to do, especially during the holidays.

    Here's to a memory filled Christmas my friend.


  2. Lovely photos i wander if you used a Manual setting. Happy Christmas to you and your family......xx

    1. Oooo yes indeed Linda, all the photos on my blog are on manual! How was photography last night? I couldn't make it!

      Merry Christmas to you! :D x

  3. stopping by from the mommy mixer! love the pics!


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