Don’t Be a Mommy Scrooge

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Sometimes the holidays can be rough; especially for moms who carry the brunt of planning, shopping, decorating, hosting, wrapping, cooking, feeding and managing all the chaos that Christmas can bring. I’m guessing many of you may already feel stress and anxiety creeping up on you just reading that last sentence. Me, too!

And it can make you feel like a Mommy Scrooge.

Bah-humbug!

Take a look at what’s been going on in my living room the last couple of days….

Yeah, we’ve got boxes and bins everywhere, a half-lit, undecorated tree with attic insulation stuck to the branches and absolutely no time to get everything done.

It’s days like this when I get grumpy and start complaining and wonder why moms have to do all the work to create the “magic” of the holidays.

But let me encourage you to take a moment and realize what a gift you have.

YOU have the power to create memories for your kids.

YOU have the ability to spread holiday cheer.

YOU have the gift of a nurturing spirit, so use it!

And I know many of you may be dealing with a financial strains, sick family members, broken relationships and more, but instead of focusing on hardships find something in your life that brings you joy.

When you have joy, it’s easier to release joy to others.

One of the greatest joys in my life is performing on stage. Currently, I’m in rehearsals for “Scrooge the Musical,” based on the 1970’s British musical film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. One of the songs from the show stuck in my head is called, “I Like Life”:

“I like life
Life likes me
Life and I fairly fully agree
Life is fine
Life is good
‘Specially mine, which is just as it should be…”

As Scrooge drinks the milk of human kindness, The Ghost of Christmas Present reminds Scrooge even though he’s a candidate for Hell (ouch), life has a bright side. He says, “There are more good things in life, Scrooge, than you could possibly imagine.”

And that’s something we all should remember.

So, if you’re feeling like a Mommy Scrooge, take a sip from the chalice of the milk of human kindness (or your favorite Merlot) and decide that you are going to like life, too!

 

BTW…if you live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and want to come see the show, we’re giving away (4) tickets over on Family eGuide’s Facebook page. Watch Stubie Doak from WPAB (he’s playing Ebenezer Scrooge) and I chat on Facebook LIVE, then share your favorite holiday tradition in the comments to enter to win.