The Do's and Don'ts of Christmasby Me and Meg
Here are some guidelines that we adhere to throughout the holiday season:
1. Do wear holiday gear.
2. Do something in the name of altruism, at least once.
3. Homemade gifts are for suckers - unless you have some sort of super talent.
4. Do use Christmas to your advantage as a parent; threaten your kids with no gifts until the cows come home - or until Christmas Eve, at which point you need a new tactic.
5. Sitting on Santa is not required. My kids never have and still flat-out refuse to sit on Santa's lap and I can't really blame them. There is something a tad creepy about sitting on an old guys lap in a mall.
6. Under no circumstances should you post a year wrap-up letter to anyone, except maybe your mom and dad, in case they missed something. Yes it may be a tad hypocritical for me to say that.
7. Drinking should not be confined to indoors. Whether we are caroling, tobogganing or on a Christmas light stroll, there is no better company than friends, family and a travel mug.
8. Don't get stressed over the holidays. It is a time for comfort and joy, not cursing and gesturing.
9. Do document the holiday season with a family photo, something along these lines: