How good is the holiday season? Quality time with loved ones, watching your kids gleefully rip open presents on Christmas Day, ringing in the New Year with friends, seeing family and plenty of beach time (ideally). It’s an awesome time of year and one many of us hang out for.
But for many mums it's around this time of year, in January or February, when we go back to reality. And, while we are mourning the holiday period, we’re also secretly jumping for joy.
My husband went back to work today, so I’m again alone with my two kids who are 17 months apart. I have to admit, I clung onto him for dear life this morning saying goodbye. I’m going to miss having him around that much, because we had an amazing stay-cation at home over his break. But then I looked at the upsides... and realised there are many reasons I’m secretly happy this holiday period is over.
1. Christmas is just bloody hard work.
From presents to decorations, meal preparations to endless amounts of shopping, not to mention traipsing around the country visiting people, the holiday season is most definitely hard yakka. And let’s face it, mum’s the one doing most of the prep. While some may now be getting ready to send their kids back to school, that’s a breeze after the rigmarole involved in Christmas.