In just a few short days Christmas will reign in all it’s glory. Already December has been full of so many fun family activities and parties. My husband and I’ve have tried to keep things to a minimum so not to wear out our young children and to keep the fun…well fun. We’ve had a few battles, meltdowns and tears. The excitement can be overwhelming for little ones.
As we approach the big day (or as I like to say the big week, cause really it’s particularly busy from Christmas Eve right up until New Year’s Day), we’ve developed a few family rules to keep things from completely collapsing into chaos.
- As much as possible we respect bedtimes. This one is hard because our children go to bed early, but we try to keep late nights to an absolute minimum and only for VERY special activities.
- Weekdays are for normal family routines, not holiday extravaganza. The weekends are full enough, staying on track from Monday to Friday makes the weekend all the more special and helps our children recharge.
- Once we are home from our Christmas Eve travels mommy and daddy have protected special quality time for us after the kids are in bed. Our tradition is to snuggle up together in front of a fire with yummy holiday drinks, gifts for each other and quiet chat. This is how WE recharge and get ready for the busy next day.
- We stay HOME on Christmas Day. This day is meant for the kids and our family. All are welcome to visit, but we stay put. The kids are so excited and overwhelmed and they just want to play with their new toys. It’s easier and happier this way.
- For now, New Year’s Eve is spent with family and friends with family. It means an early night, but seriously I’m happy to go to bed early too.
I’d love to hear your tricks for keeping calm and peace in your home over the holidays. As my boys grow older I’ll need to add to my arsenal.
Best wishes to all of you for a happy and healthy holiday. I hope all your wishes come true!