20 Things I Wish I'd Done To Prepare For The Week After Christmas

Being a Mom 9

I should have known. I should have remembered. I should have freaking known.

The week between Christmas and New Years Eve is the worst week to be a parent. The kids have a week off, they're suffering a Christmas hangover, and I'm trying to dig myself out from under the pile of boxes I've been trying (in vain) to recycle while I try to get some work done.

This week would've been so much easier if I'd simply prepared for it. If I'd had half a brain, I'd have simply done it. Mental note: next year, follow these steps.

  1. Prepared a constant IV infusion of vodka so that I might actually stand a chance at being drunk on New Years.
  2. Found a babysitter for those pesky times I had to go to the hospital and care for my husband after his emergency appendectomy.
  3. See also: number one.
  4. Made some sacrifice to the Weather Gods in the hopes that it would actually snow.
  5. Made some sacrifice to the Gods of Fairness to regrow my appendix so I'd be the one requiring emergency abdominal surgery and a blissful hospitalization.
  6. Go back in time and brush my teeth more thoroughly so that I would not require emergency oral surgery at precisely the same time my husband's appendix decided to act up.
  7. Create a robot monkey butler to care for both my husband and I while we each recovered from minor surgery.
  8. Get 25 extra cans of colored play-doh so that you still have colors after the kids mush together all of the cans that came with the play-sets.
  9. Bought 24 AA batteries to supply all of the toys that require them.
  10. Bought a tarp large enough to cover the whole back yard, so that I could send the kids outside to play in the mud, as, thanks to the Weather Gods, there is no snow.
  11. Hired a maid service ahead to come once a day between the 25th and the 2nd so that my house stood a chance.
  12. Bought a third television so that there's no fighting about who gets to watch what.
  13. Called your accountant and told him to find a way to get all these things written off as "business expenses" since every day on Winter Break is "take your child to work day" when you work from home.
  14. Greased the inside door knobs on all the children's rooms so that they can't get out without parental help.
  15. Bought ear plugs to avoid listening to husband's whining about aforementioned abdominal surgery.
  16. Reminded The Twitter that you were serious when you said they could take your kids for free at any time.
  17. Stocked up on Pixie Sticks, so that the kids can have about 4 each RIGHT BEFORE my husband gets home, so that he can see what your day was like without having to ask.
  18. Rented an extra garbage can from the garbage company, so that you have somewhere to put all the wrapping from Christmas.
  19. Arranged to donate 53 pounds of Christmas candy to some charitable organizations.
  20. Bought hair dye for cat, Mr. Sprinkes, to dye his coat back to it's natural color after it's been markered up by the kids.

Are you going crazy this week?

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kkey75 kkey75

My solution to the week after Christmas is to send the kiddo to Meme's house. Ahhh, blissful quiet :)

Gabby... Gabbysmom715

haha I love that list! I love number 1 the best though :)


17 is priceless.

Yes, having my preschooler home when he's usually at 4k has been trying bc it throws the toddler off kilter. I'm looking forward to having him home alll summer though and creating a new routine!

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Lol 14 was my fave! Yes im goin crazy. One more week.

nonmember avatar Christy

Yes!! I'm going crazy and I'm glad I'm not the only one! I get to have 2 extra kids for the week (step kids), total of 4 and I'm 8 months pregnant... hubby has to work all week so I'm alone in this... so things are a little insane around here!!! Momma needs a vacation BAD!!!

butte... butterflymkm

21. Convince your oral surgeon that you are in major pain and in fact need not only a stringer dose of vicodin, but a whole a extra week of it...

shera... sheramom4

There are 3 TVs in our house (living room, family room and our bedroom) until vacation time, then there are 6. Yep, I keep three extra televisions and DVD players for vacation time so that each member of our family has their own. I would rather them be outside and they are quite a bit, but at Christmas and Spring Break it is usually freezing cold and raining like crazy (Pacific Norththwest) and the community center we go to is PACKED, as in I stood in line twice this week with 4 kids and a disabled husband to get into the pool (we were 1 1/2 early) and we didn't get in. I also set up an extra table for puzzles, board games, and crafts in the family room for vacations. I get the added joy of having a daughter with a December 30th birthday! She also has three cousins with the same birthday and 3 with the 29th, so we organize parties accordingly. For example, we are having her celebration on the 31st and my nieces on the 7th, the others are spread out over the next couple of weeks. So my week has consisted of party planning, trying to clean out rooms for donations and today OH JOY! I get to bake whoppie pies and make chocolate covered cherries for the party! All while my older two spend the day with their grandparents (biological dad's) and my younger two ask me every fice minutes what I am doing and if they can help and that they need a snack and that they need a new movie and that they........

sunny... sunnytxmom

I may have to borrow #14!

nonmember avatar Inelegant_Life

This year I invited my niece to spend the week with us to help entertain my youngest. And I had a friend's kid half the week. But I had to work from home two of the five days, and I'm not really used to being home all week anymore, and by the time Friday night came I was ready to lose my mind! For next year I think I'll just go to the office. Much more relaxing. Or maybe I'll take your idea and stay home with a Blood Orange vodka drip going the entire week.

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