Things I won't miss about Christmas

Posted Thursday 9th January 2014   By Ericka Waller

I know it’s a bit ‘Grinchy’ of me, but I am awfully pleased the Christmas period is over. The presents, the trimmings the singing, the trappings. The ribbons, the tinsel, the packages and wrappings. I opened the loft door and slung it all in with great gusto on the 26th Dec. In no particular order, these are the things I won’t miss:

1: Explaining to Thing-two that the snowman melted. Then explaining what melted means. Then explaining it all over again. And again. Then trying to get her to stop crying.

This started when Thing-One was a baby, six-years ago. Now we also have to also explain the watery demise of a much beloved Snowdog too. Cheers Raymond Briggs.

2: Spending all year telling my children notto talk to strangers, then suddenly trying to persuade them that a big fat man in a red suit, sneaking into their house in the middle of the night, to eat our food and leave presents at the end of their bed, is not scary at all.

3: Singing Christmas songs I hate with great forced joviality. I did it the first time, and they expected the same level of enthusiasm each time thereafter, even at 2am. What are the words to Jingle Bells anyway?

4: Wrapping presents.

5: Losing the end of the sellotape/my sanity due to boredom whilst wrapping presents.

6: Picking up used wrapping paper. Trying to store all the wrapping paper for recycling. Chasing the used wrapping paper down the road and picking it out (prickly) hedgerows due to the horrendous storms. (Can you be petty when litter-picking, and only gather up your own scattered recycling, or do you have to pick up your neighbours as well? If you don’t, you may look like you are being lazy. If you do, you are making a rod for your own back.)

7: Christmas jumpers.

8: Sourcing costumes for the school nativity play.

10: Trying to remember who bought which child what for thank-you cards.

11: Not being able to order on-line shopping for the two-weeks before, and after Christmas. Having to go to ASDA, where the children refuse to get off the ‘Travelator” while you get caught up in the hype and end up buying bulk items of things you don’t need.

12: The two-week school holidays stuck in the house due to the biblical storm outsides. The storms which the children are still mad keen to ride their new Christmas bikes in.