The Legacy of Christmas: Life With A Toddler

It’s been a couple of weeks now since the festive season came to a close but if you live with a toddler you might find the end of Christmas isn’t as simple as taking down the tree and putting away the decorations. In fact if you live with a toddler you may find Christmas is extended by at least a month or two.

1. Firstly there is the endless repetition of Christmas songs. In this house we are still listening to renditions of Jingle Bells and We Wish You A Merry Christmas. All sung in the adorable lisping toddler voice…but all beginning to get that bit more annoying with every repetition. I thought we had hidden the Christmas CD but one of us (okay daddy) wasn’t quite as vigilant and left the cover lying out for all to see. There followed ten minutes of negotiations involving two tantrums (toddler) and an increased need for wine (mummy).

2. An obsession with Santa. Recently we visited our local butcher shop and they had forgotten to take down one of their decorations. This resulted in toddler being less than thrilled at being taken out of the shop….bribery was my only option.

3. A conviction that anything and everything that is gift-wrapped is hers and from Santa. A visit to her grandparents revealed an unopened Christmas present. She demanded they open it immediately. Being doting grandparents they complied. It was a bottle of whiskey which for some unknown reason my husband told her was chocolates. I’m sure you can imagine what happened next.

4. The endless questions. Where is the Christmas tree? Where is Santa? What are the elves doing? I don’t know but perhaps they could send some forgetting magic this way until next November.

So if, like me, you are still forced to find the festive amidst all the gloom of January you have my utter and complete sympathy. Our only consolation is if you can’t beat them, join them. At least that’s our reason for continuing to eat chocolate and cheese everyday! It sure does help beat those New Year blues!

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