It’s that time of year again where all the Instagram perfect images of perfectly decorated houses and trees appear, people spending a small fortune visiting ten different Santas and some other people wondering if they’re a bad parent for not doing the same.
Back when I was a child – not a thousand years ago despite what my children say – you had no idea what anyone else did or had for Christmas until you went back to school and spoke to them. Usually by then we’d all forgotten or couldn’t be bothered to talk about it and our parents rarely had a clue what other parents were up to unless they were close friends.
There was a lot less pressure and comparing etc than there is now thanks to social media. I want to say it was a simpler time, but crikey that makes me sound old ha!
At the moment I keep seeing people saying to others ‘oh I wish my tree was as pretty as yours’ or ‘I’m feeling guilty because we don’t have an elf’ etc etc continue until infinity… or at least Boxing Day.
Christmas to me though is all about family and spending quality time together, we’ve always made our own mini traditions – like playing games on Christmas Eve, the boys getting to open one present before bed and when they were smaller new pyjamas. The small things make our Christmas how we want it to be. Also our tree is so mismatched, slightly wonky and loads of the decorations were made by the boys – I love our tree.
Equally there is absolutely nothing wrong with going all out if you want to and can afford to, but don’t feel that just because Sandra down the road took her children to Lapland, has five trees in her house, saw ten Santas with her children all in one day and didn’t let her kids touch any of the trees for fear of bauble misalignment, that you HAVE to do the same or that your family is somehow lacking because you don’t seem to be having the same Instagram perfect festive season.
Plus seriously nothing is ever as perfect as it looks on Instagram and whether your Christmas is Instagram or Pinterest perfect or not it’s YOUR Christmas and what’s the point if you’re so stressed trying to make it perfect that you end up not enjoying it?!
Don’t give in to comparing or feeling the pressure, just crack open that tub of Quality Street or Celebrations stick a crimbo film on and relax.
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