Elf on the shelf, advent calendars, no thank you. -Hacking Parenthood

Elf on the shelf, advent calendars, no thank you. -Hacking Parenthood

I’m not really one for enjoying Christmas, it’s always full of busyness. That’s not how I like to roll. It’s also full of sadness. Where ever I am, I’m never with everyone I want to be. My friends and family are all over the place. Even some overseas. Whoever I’m with, there is always someone missing out. Sometimes, I wish there wasn’t this emphasis put on Christmas, this one day that everyone has to be with who they love. No matter what. What about the other days, what about when we all met up. Does that not count as it wasn’t Christmas?

Next reason is, on top of it being a quite time for businesses, people end up spending far too much money. We really don’t need half the things we buy and get. Let alone the things for the kids. Really, how many toys does a child need?

It encourages people to indulge, this one is a hard one for vegans as most people still aren’t accustomed to making sweet treats that don’t contain animal products. This is also hard for people trying to stay healthy, it’s almost like you’re not allowed to. I don’t want mince pies, biscuits and Christmas lattes, I didn’t want them last month and I don’t want them this month. But I will have that raw chocolate cheesecake.

Elf on the shelf. 

It’s hard enough trying to keep up with the house, babies/toddlers. Feeding them, bathing, playing. Trying to find my own time between all this, just so I don’t feel like I’m losing it. The last thing I want is to get up while the kids are asleep and set up some mess that has to be cleaned up. The tradition of the elves comes from a 2004 children’s picture book, written by Carol Aebersold and daughter Chanda Bell and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. The story explains how Santa knows if the children are naughty and nice. To be honest, this is a little creepy. Making children feel like it’s ok for them to be spied on.

Advent calendar 

White chest with 3 rows of 8 box drawers with gold numbers on each drawer from 1 -24. with white lit up tree and house ornaments on top
Advent calendar

Dating back to the 19th century, the German protestant Christians were believed to be the first to use an advent calendar. Usually in the form of a candle or even chalk markings on the door. This tradition has also been pushed to its limit. Nowadays it can be a box of chocolates for each day beginning from Dec 1 to Dec 24. New ways of doing calendars are using books instead, toys wrapped up. This can be so time-consuming, a gift a day. Depending on how many kids you have, it’s can turn out to be quite expensive. More money spent. All this excitement for Christmas and then it all ends. Seems so depressing.

Why do we pressure ourselves so much around this time of the year? Am I obliged to do something Christmassy every day with my daughter until Christmas? Nope. I’m trying hard enough to make sure normal day to day things happen.

Just because I don’t like most of what happens around Christmas, doesn’t mean I won’t put her in something Christmassy, and enjoy the time with the family that will be around me at Christmas. I just want the pressure taken away, it’s bad enough on a normal day!

Elf on the shelf, advent calendars, no thank you. -Hacking Parenthood

2 thoughts on “Elf on the shelf, advent calendars, no thank you. -Hacking Parenthood

  1. I completely agree. Everyone seems to lose it a bit at this time of year. So much money spent and so much expectation, it can be very stressful if you try to keep up with it. We keep it very simple in our house. Small stocking gifts, a tree put up the week before, making cards for family and one trip to see father christmas. I also teach my toddler about father christmas as a story, as I can’t lie to her, it doesn’t seem right to me. I still love christmas though, I just don’t let it take over.

    1. Thats really interesting, about teaching it as a story. Im going to try that. I love christmas as well, but we all seem to go over board.

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