Christmas Check List

Momservation: Glitter in one hand, candy sprinkles in the other – it doesn’t get any better for a kid.

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 Christmas Check List

 Decorate the house within an inch of its life.  

Have Hubby light up the outside a-la Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation testing his love and loyalty for me. 

Pick out Christmas tree from corner lot. Pick up half dozen trees  

kids knocked over playing hide-n-seek.

Let kids help decorate the tree. When they’re not looking move ornaments

up past everyone’s kneecaps.

Continue tradition of going over- budget on Christmas gifts and promising

not to next year.

Attend kids’ school Christmas program. And Christmas band concert.  

And church Christmas program. And class Christmas party. Keep smiling and clapping and avoid looking fatigued.

Take adorable and original family Christmas picture that you secretly hope 

will put all your friends’ Christmas cards to shame.

Frantically mail out Christmas cards after procrastinating to busiest  

mail day of the year.

Ditto for packages shipped to relatives. Pay extra shipping charge for 

waiting too long.

Have kids help wrap Christmas presents. Resist urge to rewrap them  

yourself after they go to bed.

Bake Christmas cookies with kids. Trust that this act of patience will swing 

the doors of Heaven wide open.

Sing Christmas carols at top of lungs with windows rolled down in the car 

with the kids.

Take kids to see Santa. Resist urge to roll eyes when they say   

they’ve been good.  

Dance around the Christmas tree to “Jingle Bell Rock”   

with the kids before bed.

Race out on Christmas Eve in a panic for last minute forgotten gift.

Put out cookies for Santa, carrots for the reindeer, and initiate covert operations to keep Christmas magic alive for as long as the kids will Believe to Receive.

Fall exhausted into bed, relieved Christmas is over, but confident life doesn’t get better than this.

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

2 comments

    • kellimwheeler says:

      Thanks Chase – I’d love to see what a father four’s Christmas check list looks like! Here’s to hoping those pearly gates are swinging wide for us

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