Today, you can put an X on the box that says that I will have done everything to put the Christmas spirit into our house for our kids. This year, the tree is not going up. I have an old fashioned tree (about 13 years old) that requires you to put every limb in a slot and then arrange the lights and garlands and put on the ornaments. This job primarily falls to me. Yes, I might get some help to put the actual tree up but the helper flags by the time we get to the lights and garland. I end up putting up the majority of the ornaments. I cooked the Christmas meal by myself. Last year, I believe that most of the task of putting away Christmas fell to me.
This year, I am simply too tired mentally and emotionally to invest that time in creating the Christmas spirit for everyone. Sometime in the next two weeks, I will rummage around and find the kids stockings so Santa can come. I will also find a string of lights and tape them to the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree. I will throw together pancakes for breakfast (assuming we have the kids in the morning). That is it.
I am not the only parent in the children’s life. This year, someone else can spearhead the effort and I will be the helper. I bought the gifts and wrapped them. I am done. You can try and guilt me like someone at work is attempting to do but I have made my decision and will not be swayed. It is true, I would prefer to get that black mark on my record than lead the Christmas spirit in our house.