My Mom used to say this jokingly with her best friend when I was a kid, and I didn't really understand - until I became a full-time full-on Mom of three children myself.
Thanksgiving/ Christmas/ Holiday burnout for moms is a real thing. And I LOVE Christmas. I love everything about it. The traditions, the lights, the food, the weather. And most of all, as a Christian, I love the time of worship and focus on the birth of Christ.
I had no idea all the work my Mom was doing. Over the years, I've tried to pare back and cut out the unnecessary. I don't always do everything homemade from scratch, and I don't put everyone and their dog on my Christmas gift anymore.
You pretty much have to have direct daily contact with my kid to be on the "teacher gift list". (Used to be the principal, the pe, art, and music teachers, etc.).
I just can't anymore. Trash men don't get a gift anymore. I may not get the cards out. There will NEVER be an Elf on any shelf in our house.
I have tried to whittle it down to the MOST meaningul traditions that our family love. One is the Advent calendar tradition that we do. We do something a little bit different every year. I even made a printable Advent calendar for 2019 for my blog! We always read something each night of December - something Scriptural, something to lead us to the birth of Christ. And I do take the time to create a little "clue" to send the kids looking for the treat I hid that day. They will remember that forever!
And.. we still watch certain movies, make fudge and decorate sugar cookies, go light-watching, and do all the fun things, but I'm careful to introduce anything new.
Because - the Mom should have peace and rest during this bustling time, too. I"m doing better with it. I just want to take this moment to encourage the weary Mom out there!
Relax your expectations. Pour your energy into a few important "forever" things. Carve out the time to enjoy the season. Because a happy Mama is more of a gift to her family than a stressed one. More joy for the season!