Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Finding Holiday Zen… BWAAA HAAA HAAA!!!!

A couple of weeks ago, I did a sponsored post for The Century Council about helping teens to drive safely. When they contacted me again last week about doing another sponsored post, this time about moms managing holiday stress for their Talk Early program, I was like "HELLS YEAH. That's more money to give away this Christmas since we can't do the gift card exchange! WOO HOO!" 

And they were all, "Could you be a little less happy about our taking our money?" And I said: "No. It's part of how I reduce my holiday stress. So you're welcome for getting into the spirit of this post."*

*This conversation took place entirely inside my imagination.

They developed this very cool info graphic about all the things that stress moms out. Let's check it out:

Here is my take-away from this infographic, you guys:

The average mom spends 42 hours on holiday related crap. 
Yes. Totally. But even more. Just the holiday cards and the additional kid-related November/December activities takes me 42 hours.  That's like a part time job. An unpaid one at that. Come to think of it, I'm actually hemorrhaging money during the holidays so it's more like a part-time job that I have to pay to do. 

The average shopper spends $737.95 on everything (gifts, decorations, cards, etc).
That sounds low to me and I make an effort not to go overboard every year. If you're cooking both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for family - that's maybe $200 in grocery store visits right there. And I only give my kids 3 gifts each but I have three kids. Plus the rest of the family. Plus teachers. Plus the tree. Plus when did Christmas Cards get so expensive?

Let's do the math:
So 42 hours of extra work at a loss of $737.95 means that for each hour you spend dealing with holiday crap  - you are actually losing $17.57 an hour. 

So, what are you going to do about it?
I'm going to make every effort to do less and spend less because this is all just ridiculous. I'm definitely doing less of the stuff that stresses me out. I'm saying no to volunteer requests unless I really, really want to do them. I'm going to be the mom who sends in the cups and napkins this year. I don't need to hand decorate the cupcakes that only end up looking sad/demented because I'm bad at decorating.

I'm taking this weekend to work like a dog and knock out as much stuff as I can so I can enjoy the rest of the holidays with my kids. 

I'm going to focus on doing stuff instead of buying stuff. My kids and I are going to go do a bunch of good deeds together and it's going be BAD ASS and super fun. 

I'm going to tune out Facebook and Pinterest because that infographic is right. It really does stress me out and make me feel inadequate. Also? I'm bad at managing my time and scrolling through Facebook just takes up too much time. 

I'm going to try and get enough sleep. That means when I see a really good movie come on cable at 10pm (WHY DO THEY DO THAT?!), I'm just going to say no instead of pouring another glass of wine and staying up til midnight. 

If I can manage to pull off all these things - I think I'll be doing awesome this Holiday season. If you have any other suggestions for me, I would love, love, love to read them.

Our buds are having a Twitter party on Wednesday Dec 4 from 1-2pm using @TalkEarly #HolidayZen so if you're good at Twitter (I'm not) go kick it with them and learn more about their TalkEarly program

(c) Mommyland Blogs 2013


  1. So…I totally agree about Pinterest. I am stressed this year because we took a 20K pay cut by moving for hubby's work (I had to give up my job) which means I cannot go over the budget at all because there is nothing to cover if we go over. We're not poor but it's an adjustment. My "woohoo I can stay home and do all the Pinterest stuff" has turned into "well now I have the time but no money"
    That being said, I was reading this over coffee without my contacts in and read "Women regret wearing high heels an hour and ten minutes BEFORE putting them on". I thought…wow there are people like me out there. My feet hurt thinking about them. :)

  2. We're kicking off Black Friday by going to the family swim at our local YMCA and then picking an ornament each off of their giving tree! The tree is decorated with star ornaments that the kiddos in the preschool (and our staffs' kids!) colored or painted or decoupaged, and has one kids' holiday wish on the back. The wishes are from kids from the Y family and from Women Helping Battered Women and from other health and human services agencies. You guys, when a little kid sees that some other little kid their age just wants warm boots for christmas, it totally changes their perspective!
    and, totally stealing the something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read idea!!

  3. I have 5 lists in front of me right now.the good news is Not all of it has to be done today. the lists are growing but it feels so good to cross off the stuff that I get done. And yes I do take breaks in the list making to actually cross stuff off. Some times I see the list and cross stuff of because I have the power and the pen to say "that's stupid I am not doing it!"

  4. Want to save on Christmas Cards? Buy them after Christmas. They're way cheaper then. It's what I do. I have a box full of cards and when I run low I buy after Christmas because they're at least 50% off.

    1. I do that, too! As well as wrapping paper, paper Christmas napkins and replacements for any Christmas decorations that broke this year. You can get 75% 2 weeks after Christmas.

  5. I make a very detailed list for giftsI am getting everyone and I do all of my shopping in one day. It is a horrible 10 to 12 hour day but then I am done and I do not HAVE to enter the mall again unless I want to. Then I do the same thing with wrapping. Designate one day and do it all. It really makes the rest of the season much more enjoyable!!

  6. We're doing two holidays this year - our Buddhist holiday and Christmas with the family... and my husband just HAD to blurt out that Santa comes for Bodhi Day... really? Presents and consumerism for a holiday celebrating reaching Enlightenment and LETTING GO OF STUFF? sigh. Now I have more sewing to do!

  7. Pinterest causes stress? I love it. It makes me zone for a while.




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