Festive fun or festive flop?

There’s lot of pressure on adults at Christmas and dare I say it, women. (Not meant to be sexist, just an observation from how my family works) 

From buying cards and presents to organising Christmas activities and everything in between. 

Over the years, Christmas has evolved and just keeps getting bigger. I mean when our eldest was little, there was no Christmas Eve box and Santa’s elves didn’t come to visit either. 

There’s lots of cooking as well, from Christmas cakes and Christmas biscuits to a full Christmas dinner. 

Even if your not a baker there’s the planning and the buying everything. 

Choosing the perfect gift, wrapping the perfect gift. 

Trying to rest as well. (Let’s face it does this ever actually happen ha ha!)

Organising other people’s gifts for your little ones / helping with ideas. 

Trying to fit in seeing everyone and keeping everyone happy.

This year there’s been poorly family members and so many broken household appliances that I have lost count. It’s rained more times than I can count which puts a damper on any outside Christmas activities. My FND has flared up so badly.

I love Christmas more than any other holiday through the year. I love making the family happy and organising Christmas activities, baking and watching Christmas films. I think there is so much pressure around enjoying Christmas that we forget to just relax and have fun.

However I also believe that as adults we expect to feel the same as what we did when we were young and the truth is we will never feel like that again. Our job now is to make sure our children have that feeling now for as long as possible. I guess what I am trying to say is that as adults we tend to have festive moments rather than a festive month. So it’s neither a festive fun or a festive flop. Merely somewhere in between among the flour and cookie dough and wrapping paper.

Sometimes I think I put so many other people before myself (not always a bad thing), that I forget to put myself first and end up feeling more of a festive fail than a bag festive fun. 

Don’t forget to enjoy your Christmas as well as making it fun for your family. 

Categorised as Christmas

By Admin

I am Mrs Shep aka Emma. Mum of boys. I suffer for FND and I also have dyslexia and dyspraxia. I chat about everything from baby loss and (sen) parenting to general life stuff. I even through in some meal ideas and recipes sometimes too!


  1. I run around all December making sure Xmas is special for the family. I don’t think I really do anything that’s for me usually. But this year I actually went to a Christmas Fayre with no children – just my bff. It was lovely and recharged my emotional batteries z

    1. It’s hard to fit everything in isn’t it let alone find time to do something for you. I’m glad you had a nice time with your friend though hun x

  2. Yup there’s way too much pressure for it to be the perfect Christmas. It’s always a bit of a rubbish time for me as we’re so busy at work. I never feel I can relax. But this year I’m determined to have one day of just rolling with it.

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