A MUM’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING CHRISTMAS

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You’ve shopped, you’ve wrapped, you’ve ticked off approximately 420 million ‘list items’ – now it’s to time to kick back and enjoy right?

Well, not exactly. Unfortunately for us Mums, a successful Christmas pretty much relies on us working like little elves to ensure the smooth passageway of well, everything!

So, here are 5 common festive issues that could threaten to spoil your fun – if you’re prepared (and now you will be) you can sail through them with ease…

KIDS WON’T SLEEP
Too excited. What they simply don’t realise is that you have Santa’s job to do as soon as their hyper little heads hit the pillow! So, install a ‘Santa Sleep Cam’ in their rooms (wrap a packet of stock cubes or similiar in tinfoil and slap a sticker on it). Tell the little loves that unless they depart to the land of nod immediately, Santa’s sleigh won’t be stopping here tonight.

KIDS WAKE TOO EARLY
In fact, around one one hour after they finally do give in to the sandman – there they are again “Is it morning time yet?’ Back to the sleep cam for this one. Santa’s sleigh will make a return visit on the route home if little children awake too soon….

THE TOY THAT WON’T WORK
There is always one, always. Or a part missing from something, or a battery required that wasn’t on the shopping list. To avoid this, we take everything out of the box a week before, add batteries, test and then wrap again ready to roll. SORTED.

SUGAR HIGHS BY BREAKFAST
Obviously Christmas Day is a day for stuffing faces with sugar but if your kids are starting before breakfast the sugar highs and lows can be torturous for all….my advice? Put out a plate of sugar free cookies or treats and some milk (say Santa left it for them) and let them munch that instead of chocolate until after breakfast at least. My two are always psyched that Santa left them cookies in return for the ones they left him.

EXHAUSTION BY NOON
Of course your little cherubs will start acting up as soon as a morning of toy-playing has been had. Their exhaustion and excitement will run them ragged and you really don’t need tantrums throughout your Christmas dinner. I leave a wrapped dvd somewhere they won’t immediately find it with a note saying ‘Please watch me in a cosy place at 11.30am and I will watch it too, it’s my rest time after all that work. Santa”. Works a treat for an hour of quiet time and re-charging of batteries.

Good Luck and if all else fails…. GIN!

Merry Christmas Ladies, hope you like my family Christmas card offering this year – that’s the only way I will get a silent night!

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A MUM’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING CHRISTMAS

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