It’s not so much the holiday that’s stressful about this time of year. The actual day — whether it’s Hanukkah, Christmas or whatever you celebrate at the end of the year — is usually just fine. You eat, you get gifts, you watch movies. Sure, maybe on Dec. 25th you wake up a bit (OK, several hours) earlier than you’d like in an ideal world, but really, it’s all good.
It’s the days and months leading up to the holiday itself that make you want to crawl into a hole and emerge only when all the snow is gone and there’s nary a roll of wrapping paper or fat man with a white beard and red hat in sight.
When you’re a parent, the holidays are the best. But they’re also just the worst. The. Worst. Trying to balance keeping a kid excited while also grateful and not too spoiled, while simultaneously arranging for family travel and big meals and gifts and cards for distant relatives and decorating and winter concerts at school and trying to remember what you gave the mailman for a gift last year and AAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH. Is it next year yet?
Sometimes, though, a little perspective is in order. Because, really, it’s all good. Especially when you have kids. This is an awfully complicated time of year, but it’s also awfully magical. Your kids are only this little for such a short time and it’s easy to get lost in the fog of chaos, which makes it even more important to take a step back and have some appreciation for what really matters.
If you’re feeling particularly grinch-y right now, this new Coke ad is just want Dr. Santa ordered to get you in the mood — for the holidays and to love your kids a little bit more just when you’re feeling like you might just a little bit less.
Take a look:
Photo/video credit: Santo Buenos Aires/YouTube
Source: Fast Company
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