Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. The lights. The food. Two weeks off from work. Christmas pajamas. More time with family. Christmas carols. The nativity scene. Watching the kids rip open their presents.
What I don’t love about the Christmas holidays is what it does to my kids after it’s all over. The late nights with family mean too much sugar and not enough sleep. What do you do after you’ve eaten too much and your kids are way too stimulated? I’m so glad you asked!
Only Adjust Bedtime by an Hour
I’ve learned the hard way why this is a disaster.
When you have a big family, Christmas is a time of bouncing from relative to relative. Everyone wants to see the kids, and dinnertime/presents are scheduled from 6:00 pm and later.
The problem with late dinners and holiday celebrations is that everyone will enjoy talking, socializing (and maybe drinking) while you watch your children slowly melt into characters that you despise.
Do yourself a favor and sneak out of family functions a little early. If you delay bedtime, only delay by an hour.
This will also help when you are attempting to ease your kids back into a regular routine before they go back to school, or you go back to work. You will thank me for this later.
Keep Sugar in Moderation
There’s something about the holidays that makes everyone want to over indulge.
This includes your children. Am I the only one who gives a family member the side eye when I see them sneaking tons of sweets to my kids?
Please tell me I’m not alone!
You will regret it later.
If your Kids Focus on One or Two Gifts, Pack the Others Away
If you’ve little ones and they haven’t opened all their gifts, pack away the toys they were uninterested in.
Reintroduce them for Easter, birthday or even next Christmas.
They will also come in handy for re-gifting at last minute birthday parties. Enjoy getting away with this as long as you can. Worried about seeming ungrateful in front of the relatives?
Make sure to take pictures with your kids and all their gifts to send to the relatives. After the holidays, they won’t ask you about the toy anymore!
Go Outside for Fresh Air
I love Christmas as much as the next girl, but I can get overstimulated just as much as the kids at times.
The extra sugar, lack of sleep and holiday fuss can make us all a little stir crazy. Believe me, fresh air is never overrated.
Take a break from the phones and tablets to enjoy God’s creations.
Don’t Forget the Real Reason Behind the Holidays
Keep in mind that we all get swept away by the gift-giving season and the pressure of family get togethers. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks at hand, take some time to enjoy those vacation days with your kids, spouse & other family members. You are modeling for your children how to celebrate Christmas.
I hope these tips help you ease back into a regular, pre-holiday routine. How do you calm the Christmas crazy in your house?