When you become a parent, holidays are totally different. It’s not about you anymore – not even a little bit! Have you noticed this? There are so many things that are incredibly different as you become a parent, but as a mom now, life has its changes and especially around the holidays!
Prior to kids, it was all about you and the husband and who could get the best presents. Now it’s about who can pick up the Elsa castle or the toy trucks and where you will hide them! Santa had disappeared for a long time and now all of sudden, Santa is a sacred entity! With a 3-year-old in the house, Santa is the most important thing that happens to the month of December. Another thing that happens is that you are going to visit family, but they could care less if you are there or not, but for some reason, you have to be there!
The priorities of drinking wine with your siblings and then helping children open gifts has changed significantly! Unless you are staying at the same place you are celebrating Christmas, holiday drinking is frowned upon – whereas when you didn’t have kids, no one even batted an eyelash! Now that you have kids, you are exempt from sitting at the kids table. Congratulations! Unfortunately, you will most likely be eating there anyway because you will have to help feed your children.
As an adult, the holidays are a fun and a not so fun time. They’re fun because you get to experience all the enjoyment of the holiday times that your kids are experiencing, but at the same time, you are the one buying and wrapping all of the gifts. Being broke and tired are two very serious key events going on for adults during the holidays. Before being parent, you only had to spent as much as your significant other spent and then you might even be able to afford to go somewhere fancy for New Year’s.
Speaking of New Year’s, as a parent, how do you celebrate New Year’s? Is it anything like how you celebrated it before babies!? I would bet it’s not! The thought of staying up until midnight is almost unthinkable. If you make it to 11pm, you are super lucky! Going out to a place? Forget it. Having kids up hours past their bedtime is not only not fun but seriously criminal. When they start crying (which they will because they are tired) you and everyone else will wish that New Year’s was at 9:30pm instead of midnight. Anyone want to celebrate New Year’s from London time? Dressing up for New Year’s all sexy like you used to? As a parent you will feel lucky to not be in your pajamas at midnight! Oh, how the times have changed. But honestly, does anything good ever happen being out after midnight? Kind of like Cinderella… shit gets real. I cannot remember a New Year’s being out after midnight when it was still really fun! So, it is a total bad thing that you are not staying up to watch the ball drop? Definitely not – don’t feel bad, you can watch it the next morning on DVR.
Even though everything is different now as parent, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Being able to watch my daughter get super excited for Santa Claus and to freak out when she sees presents, it is so worth it. Watching my parents with my daughter during the holidays makes it all worth it.
Happy Holidays! <3 Teach.Workout.Love