It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Stress-mas!

Seriously, when did the holidays become so stressful? It certainly wasn't always this bad, was it?

After having children, my already long list of holiday gifts got exponentially longer. As a working mom, when am I supposed to find time to shop for all of these gifts? And what the hell am I supposed to get everyone? I struggle with this same question every single year. I have two kids in preschool, each of whom have two teachers in their classrooms plus the "floater" teachers who help out during lunches and breaks. Am I supposed to get them gifts, too? Of course I will because if I don't, I will legitimately lose sleep worrying that they'll go home empty handed.

Okay, so now that I have this list of 15+ people that I'm not even related to but still expected to buy gifts for, what am I supposed to buy? I still don't have the answer so if you do, please let me know. That said, I'll tell you what I did buy. Candles. That's right, I just spent over $300 at Anthropologie on candles. I don't even know if everyone likes the smell of spiced cider or pumpkin cloves but that's what they're getting.

And don't even get me started on the holiday cards. That stress starts in October with scrambling to book a photographer, coordinating outfits and praying you get at least one decent shot where everyone's looking in the same direction. But it doesn't even end there. You still have to design a card, get them printed, addressed (making sure nobody's moved since last year) and send them all out in a timely fashion!

Why do we do this to ourselves? As if we don't have enough stress the other 11 months of the year. No wonder we all gain an extra five to ten pounds! I don't know about you but I'll be drinking for the remainder of 2018. Cheers to that.