“For kids, the holidays are a utopian wonderland filled with candy, presents, and literal magic.
For adults, the holidays can seem like an apocalyptic hellscape filled with bills, stress, and disappointment. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
As a parent, if you go into a holiday with high expectations, you’re likely to be let down.
Three years ago, at a brisk 5am on Christmas morning, I turned on my camera, hoping to capture my kids’ ecstatic faces light up with joy upon seeing that Santa came through. Instead, my daughter tripped on the cat, my crying son tottered into the hall, tripped on my daughter, and then she burst into tears too, inexplicably.
Hours later, more people stumbled into the hallway, tripping on the previous person. The hallway was filled with hundreds of people, all crying.
Watching this video on repeat has become a Christmas tradition for us, the whole family in tears, this time from laughing. Yet another reminder that things don’t always turn out how you expect, and that’s okay.
So whatever holiday(s) you celebrate (Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Festivus, FSM Day, New Year’s), keep expectations low, have a laugh with your kids, and take it all in stride. Just watch out for the cat.