The holidays are upon us and with it comes tons of holiday decorations, printable thanksgiving activities, cookie baking days, fun fall crafts, unit studies on Christmas around the world and so much more.
But, I’m not a holiday mom.
Crafts are NOT My Thing
Let me be honest with you and say that we rarely do crafts. I mean RARELY. We do them IF they are in the book and IF I have all the supplies. Otherwise, crafts get done at a co-op, sometimes on Flex Fridays, and at the occasional library story time. Yes, I know my kids would probably like them, but they also like to play, and read, and eat. So, I make up for it in other areas 😉
I Detest Printables
Along with crafts, I don’t do printables. So, those cute, holiday cut and paste things…. You will NOT find them in our homeschool.My exception is an occasional lap book that I feel TRULY adds to our homeschool. Other than that printables to me are ink sucks. I love my friends that make them…but detest the actual product. SORRY!
Baking, Kind of Drives Me Nuts
I love the pictures of moms and kids sitting around baking cookies. I love the idea of having a great big baking day in preparation for Thanksgiving. But, reality? Is frozen pies. The reality is premade sugar cookies that I let the kids ice and sprinkle. Baking isn’t my forte. I love eating the desserts, but the actual baking process is less than enjoyable.
I Think Holiday Decorations Are Clutter
I have friends who decorate for fall, spring, Easter, and every holiday in between. I am not that mom. I put the Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. We remove our normal picture frames and Boyds Bears from one shelf and replace them with a few Christmas items. I have a table cloth I pull out for Thanksgiving and a table runner we use for Christmas. That’s it. To me, decorating for each and every holiday is clutter. It’s money I could spend sending them to a piano class, or paying for art lessons. Are my kids missing out? I don’t think so.
I used to feel guilty about this. I used to feel like I was less of a mom since decorating more than just a Christmas tree is out of my comfort zone. And then I realized something.
I am NOT a holiday mom. And that’s okay!
What Kind of Mom Am I?
I’m the mom who forgets it’s St. Patrick’s day and serves her kids lucky charms with green milk to make up for it 🙂 Who knows what would happen if said kids attended school and had to make a leprechaun trap (whose idea was that?)!
I’m the mom who checks out a few holiday books from the library (sometimes) and considers it studying the holiday.
I’m the mom who buys store bought valentines and lets the kids fill in the names and add the stickers.
I’m not the Pinterest perfect holiday mom, and you know what, that’s okay! God made me who I am, and I am proud to say that I am NOT a holiday mom 🙂
Holidays come and go, but our kids are here with us all the time. So, embrace the mom that you are! Even if baking kind of drives you nuts. Even if you NEVER cut out a holiday craft. I’ll be right there boycotting all the holiday shenanigans with you. And together we will remind ourselves that we are STILL awesome moms.