Mama Mayhem

Christmas is off to a chaotic start

By Riverine Herald

EIGHT more sleeps until Christmas!

And if you know me, I’m champing at the bit with excitement. Because, as you all know, Christmas is my favourite time of the year.

I’m usually prepared for Christmas and have my tree and decorations up by December 1.

But this year, because of the 2001 things that have been happening in my life in the past month, I haven’t quite been ready for it.

I’ve literally been so busy, I haven’t had time to pull a wedgie out of my butt.

Which has meant my Christmas tree was put up a week late. Shock, horror.

I usually block out half a day to do my tree and decorations, but this year, I had to put the day on fast forward time lapse, while still ensuring my standards were at an all-time high.

So while the girls were at their dad’s, I assembled the tree, hung my special European ornaments (not to be touched by children) and lights and meticulously placed the other decorations (including my handsome nutcrackers) around the house before I allowed the girls to re-enter and go crazy with their decorations.

Which was fine, because I just re-arranged them when they went to bed.

There is an art to decorating a tree and that’s something they will learn when they get older and have their own children who will delight in putting ornaments unevenly on their own tree.

Now I usually have gingerbread cookies baking during this yearly tradition (for me to smell and the girls to eat) but due to the lack of time and effort on my behalf, we had to make do with a Christmas smelling candle.

Now I love the tradition of Christmas carols but the girls have made it pretty clear that they are pretty sick of Nat King Cole’s voice filling the house every year (accompanied by yours truly) with the same old tunes.

So for this festive season I have compromised and with a bit of research and effort come up with what I believe will make the perfect Christmas playlist that would suit everyone.

It had everything from Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, U2 and Boney M (for me), Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, The Ronettes and Wham (for Maya), and Queen, Bon Jovi and REM (for Ayla. Well, all of us really).

So with just over a week to go before the big jolly man comes to visit and all my Christmas jobs finally done, the only thing left to do is remind the girls to be extra helpful around the house (which means actually tidying their rooms, not throwing everything in their wardrobe for me to find later).

And also that they be kind to others (aka getting along with each other for more than 10 minutes at a time).

As I have repeatedly pointed out to them, Santa is watching and if they can’t comply they might just be getting a good helping of coal this year.