Every year we drive our kids to a local Christmas tree farm to take pictures of them crying on Santa’s lap. Crying Santa pictures is our Christmas traditions that makes me a good mom. And, I’m sad this tradition may end next year.
Every year we pull an artificial tree out of a box and decorate that tree. You got it, we don’t actually buy a tree from that tree farm with Santa, we just make the kids sit on Santa’s lap and cry. Decorating that artificial tree is our Christmas tradition and that makes me a good mom.
Every year I bake cookies and yell at my husband for eating the decorated sugar cookies and round monster cookies, when he should know the pretty cookies are for everyone else. Crooked candy canes and oblong monster cookies are the only cookies allowed to touch his lips. Baking during Christmastime stresses me out, but it’s our Christmas tradition and that makes me a good mom.
Every year we get out that damn Elf and every year we forget to hide her. When the kids ask why she didn’t move, we lie and say she was tired. But, really, it’s true. We are tired. That elf is annoying, yet we do it, because it’s our Christmas tradition and that makes me a good mom.
Every year I tell myself I’m going to start some new Christmas traditions. All of those Christmas traditions my family and friends are posting on Facebook and Pinterest. And every year, I forget. But forgetting is my Christmas tradition and that makes me a good mom.
My Christmas traditions are not meant to be your Christmas traditions and yours are not meant to be mine. As moms we do these extra things because we feel like they make us good moms. Christmas traditions don’t make us good a mom. Being a mom is what makes us a good mom. So, stop stressing about your Christmas traditions that don’t seem to stand up to those Facebook and Pinterest Christmas traditions. Eating raw cookie dough by the spoonful when the kids go to bed is an awesome Christmas tradition and that makes me a good mom.
So, Merry Christmas to all you awesome moms (and dads, because you’re awesome, too)! Now go share this with all those awesome moms.