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.