When you're a kid, the holidays are an exciting time full of fresh smelling Christmas trees, festive decorations and songs everywhere you go, and of course, presents to go around. As a child, the return of hot chocolate nights and being fawned on by aunts and uncles is a veritable dream.
But when you become a parent all of the festive gatherings fall on your shoulders, and the smell of the tree just reminds you that it's time to vacuum the area rug and freshen up the water. The festive decorations and songs in public spaces trigger anxiety over all the last minute decorations still tucked away in dusty boxes, and the hot chocolate nights add up to a huge dent in your pocketbook.
While there are certainly parents who love jumping into the winter festivities, there are plenty eagerly ticking away the days on the calendar until the boring calm of January hits.