Finding my Christmas Spirit

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One of my favorite things about having children is the way they manage to surprise me. I mean sometimes, of course, the surprises are not good. Like when you’re trying desperately to get everyone out the door in the morning, and things seem to be going okay until suddenly, out of nowhere, an explosive tantrum erupts from the depths of Mount Four-Year-Old who doesn’t want to carry her own freaking lunch box to the car because it’s too heavy. And since you’re making her do it, you are now the “WORSTEST MOMMY EVER” and will be made to suffer through an excruciatingly sloooow snail crawl from the house to the car as a seething four-year-old drags the loathed, leaden lunch box through the dirt.

So that’s not one of the good surprises.


There are also some really lovely ones.

Last year, right around this time, I had a sweet,surprising moment with my girls that I’ll never forget, so I wrote about it, and today it’s up on the website Bonbon Break! Making Christmas happen for three little kiddos is no small task, but this piece, called “Take That, Santa,” is about a time when my girls helped their tired old Mom to find her Christmas spirit. If you’re in need of a little Christmasy cheer, I hope you’ll check it out!

Here’s a preview:

It’s early December, and I’m tired just thinking about all that has to be done for Christmas. I love the Christmas season – the magic, the music, the cheer – but as a mom of three-year-old twins and a one-year-old baby, it’s up to me to make most of that cheerful magic happen. Christmas means giving even more of myself to my family than I already do every day, and managing three kids hopped up on the Christmas spirit can make it hard to find my own.

Right now though, for a moment at least, the house is quiet.  The children are napping.  I’d love to nap too, but I know that if I close my eyes, to-do lists, not sugar plums, will dance in my headClick to continue reading!