Growing up in my childhood home, there was Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Let’s call them the “majors.” Those were the biggies to celebrate as a family, and we enjoyed the traditional festivities that went with them. Trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, turkeys, presents and Easter baskets. The basics, right?
Fast forward to present day, and it seems as if those “basics” are really only scratching the surface when it comes to celebrating the holidays with kids. Now we need to do “Elf on the Shelf” and leprechaun traps and full-on breakfast spreads that look like they came straight out of a Martha Stewart magazine.
As I peruse my Facebook posts, I clearly see some of my mom friends embrace this trend. On St. Patrick’s Day there were rainbow fruit displays, green-dyed beverages and leprechaun traps with the promise of gold coins. On Valentine’s Day, there were countdown calendars for the kids with little gifts. For Christmas, there was the madness of Elf on the Shelf, with elaborate displays of trickery and creativity. And for the 4th of July, there are picturesque red, white and blue jello molds, tricolor-dipped strawberries and confetti-inspired Rice Crispy treats.
I’m exhausted with the “basics.” I’m lucky if I can find a green shirt for each kid. I’m totally cool with buying the store-bought Valentine’s cards. I have also avoided the Elf on the Shelf mania – to my amazement – and solely need to focus on shopping, decorating, cards, baking and … seriously, isn’t that enough?
Or have I now become the slacker holiday mom?
I confess that I “pin” away, aspiring to bring more holiday magic to each season with some clever craft or baking project, but it usually doesn’t go much further than the “Holiday” Pinterest board. View it and you might think I’m some super crafty Betty Crocker. Let’s kill that rumor now. I’m not.
So now I find myself on the cusp of Easter, which in our household is truly a holy season to reflect. I really should just ban myself from all social platforms during this season so I don’t get into the comparison game, or try to overwhelm myself with some ambitious project.
Still, like any mom, I do want my kids to look back at the holiday seasons and remember them fondly. I want them to see the holidays as special moments – times where we created traditions that they perhaps will want to take into their own families later in life.
So I suppose like every other aspect of my life, I’ll keep pushing myself a little here and little there to try to find the crafts or treats that bring us together. I certainly won’t be that mom who stays up at 1 a.m. busting out an amazing morning spread, but I will definitely be the one who rips up the kitchen with my kids in mid-afternoon to create messy cookies and treats.
How do you handle the pressures of the holidays?
Have you felt pressure to keep up with the moms who embrace Pinterest?