Bah humbug!

Bah humbug

Over the past month I’ve seen so many blogs filled with gift lists, Christmas crafts, festive recipes, tales of Christmas traditions and visits to Santa. And on my blog, this is the first time I have even mentioned Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big a fan of Christmas as the next blogger but I’m just not feeling especially festive this year. I am still at work until the 23rd of December, and then facing a Christmas Eve drive to Blackpool to spend a few days with my parents. The kids at school have all been hyper for the last two weeks and trying to keep them working and focussed has been a nightmare. Where did kids get this idea that they have some inalienable right to watch DVDs for the last week of term in every single lesson? (OK, I’ll admit, Ratatouille has made an appearance in some of my classes, but we have been studying food, and I’m showing it in French).

Anyway, what with having a stressful time at work and Toby still not sleeping, getting excited about Christmas has been the last thing on my mind. We put the tree and lights up at the start of the month but that’s about as far as my festive cheer has spread. If I’m honest, I also don’t see the point in making a massive fuss about it all when Toby is only 17 months old and hasn’t got a clue what Christmas is about. I was the same last year when he was only 5 months and even though it was his first Christmas we didn’t really do anything special. This year the only Father Christmas he’s seen was at the nursery party, oh, and the dancing Santa band at the garden centre which he loved. I’ve even decided that I’m not going to bother wrapping his presents (of which there are only a few) and carting them all the way to Blackpool only to bring them home again. He’ll be getting plenty of other presents off his Grandparents. And before you all start thinking what a horrible, mean mum I am I do intend to fully embrace Christmas when Toby is old enough to understand what it is all about. We’ll make decorations and visit Santa; we’ll have a Christmas Eve box and leave out whiskey for Father Christmas and a carrot for Rudolph; we’ll have a lovely morning unwrapping a pile of presents… but for now, when the Christmas present I would like more than any other is for my boy to sleep through the night my festive spirit is sadly lacking.

Am I the only one? Is there anyone else who’s not feeling the Christmas cheer this year?

2 thoughts on “Bah humbug!

  1. Nope, you’re on your own 😉 But, tbh, LP’s first Christmas was pretty pants, she was tiny and it was just hard work. The next Christmas LP was about… 16 months, just had a cast taken off her leg and we were in the middle of teething hell, Hubby and I taken it in turns to sleep in the spare room with her. I was also about 4 months pregnant and feeling pretty exhausted, bloated and eugh. It was sh*t. I am sure that if I just had Little Man this Christmas, like you having Toby, I wouldn’t be bothering much either! So although we are fully embracing Christmas this year, it is purely for LP (and us) and I can completely understand where you are coming from x

  2. I think that all sounds very sensible! We embrace it a little more each year, but both Christmas Days that Bagl has experienced he’s been not well and teething so we’ve all been tired and grumpy. This year he seems to be doing the unwell thing a bit earlier, and it’s just a cold, plus no more teething now. I, however, am getting it now and am hoping it’s not going to me unwell now.

    Really hope you get a good night’s sleep!

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