Poor Christmas Planning Means Tired, Tired Parents

christmasAnother successful Christmas on the books and we learned a valuable lesson this time around. Either put together the complex Christmas presents days before Christmas, or don’t buy those complex Christmas presents at all.

We store the presents from Santa in the basement of my office where they stay until about 10:30 PM on Christmas Eve. Once the kids are in bed and hopefully asleep, I head down to the office and gather the rest of the presents. The presents are wrapped by Casey at 11:30 PM and then we head to bed by midnight on Christmas Eve.

This year everything went according to plan and all the presents were wrapped, but Vivi’s new wood kitchen set still had to be assembled. Once my tradition of watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation ended (and I’d already popped in Die Hard so I could start a new Christmas tradition), I finally decided to see why it was taking so long for Casey to put together Vivi’s kitchen set.

I looked in the room and saw what looked like 100 pieces of wood scattered across the room while Casey patiently twisted away with a screwdriver in one hand and an instruction manual in the other. Once I realized that Casey would potentially be putting this kitchen set together until the kids woke up in the morning, I headed to the garage and grabbed a few tools to speed up the process.

This kitchen set had so many pieces that it ran my freshly charged battery powered screwdriver out of power about 3/4 of the way through assembly.  The last screws were finally tightened on the kitchen set at 2:33 AM.  Casey and I headed up to bed and fell asleep somewhere around 3:00 AM.

Thirty minutes later I heard a stalker slowly creep into our room. A few seconds later I heard, “Mom, is it time to get up for Christmas yet?” After Addie was shouted back to bed, I heard the toilet flush about a half-dozen times throughout the remainder of the night and I heard the stalker come and go from our room over and over and over again.

Christmas day was enjoyable, but very exhausting. Taking care of a toddler and 9 year-old on about 2 hours of sleep due to poor Christmas planning is not recommended. From now on we will make sure all assembly is done on complex gifts prior to Christmas Eve or we won’t be buying those complex gifts again.

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