13 thoughts on “Dear Tired Mom Who Wonders If All This Christmas Fuss is Worth It

  1. Thank you so much for writing this! Oh.My.Gosh. This was me tonight, only it wasn’t the kids with the bad attitude, it was me! I thought I had no time to go to our dear friends’ and walk around their lovely neighborhood. You know the ones where everyone’s house is lit up and festive? I needed to stay home and bake and wrap and write out another list. Or so I thought. I squelched my “Martha” attitude and went. Yep, we made a few memoris, and I’m so glad we did. I needed this reminder that it will be worth it someday. My own Mom is gone and she made Christmas very, very special every year. I want that for my kids. Thank you for your insight and encouragement and always keeping it real. Merry Christmas, Heidi.

  2. the holidays have been a bit tough this this first year without my Dad. I struggled through Thanksgiving and yes I wondered if it was all worth it. Then I sat down with my Grandson and read a book that went through all the ideals of a family Thanksgiving and it dawned on me that all that had happened for my family. My Grandmothers gave this gift to my generation and now it is a gift I give to mine. So Christmas is still tough, but I remember why I’m doing it!

    1. Jeanette, I had the same thought this morning and I added that to my post! Then I saw your comment. 🙂 This IS the point. Thank you for sharing! We are struggling through the first Christmas without my husband’s dad. ((hugs)) to you.

  3. I love you, sis! I’m so glad we took our time walking the street even when we felt rushed. Your post is exactly what I needed to feel encouraged and energized to sow more memories today. Thanks for the memory ((hugs)).

  4. We were making our memories at the Zoo Lights of Cincinnati last night followed by a dinner out that we can’t afford, but the kids were all starving and home was too far away and the lines at the zoo for even more disgusting and more expensive food were all too long. But, we tried, and I hope that they remember that we went, not that the lights weren’t all that great, but we took pictures of my 5 year old daughter in front of ALL the pink and purple lights at the zoo, that we did do a family dinner for 8 out (that doesn’t happen often), and Mommy held Daddy’s hand at the zoo and on the long car ride home!
    PS Heidi, if you see this, I always seem to get to your posts late and comment late, but I commented on your Christmas Books and Real Life Christmas and really hoped you’d see them (in all that free time you have 😉 )

    1. I totally relate, Carrie. I’ll look back at your Christmas book post. 🙂 Usually I see them all but I must have missed yours. I hope you have a restful few days! I plan on spending my break doing some therapeutic cleaning and trying to get the voices in my head to stop talking. haha! Have a wonderful New Year!

  5. Heidi, the tears are falling. This is the question I’ve been wrestling with…for the last 7 days we’ve had sickness. So my time has been spent caring for my 5 sick kids and 1 sick husband. Things haven’t gotten done and now with a day to spare I wonder if we should even start. Is it worth it? Thank you for reminding me it is!!! And that it doesn’t have to be perfect. Truly these were words I needed. THANK YOU!! And MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Blessings from Iowa, jill

    1. I’m so glad, Jill! Mothers need hugs from other moms, even if they are “virtual” hugs. 🙂 Blessings to you, and I hope you all feel better! We’re all fighting some sort of virus here too, so lots of grumpy, tired kids (and parents!) in my house. xoxo

  6. This was a much needed article! I have tears running down my face as I think about all the ” traditions” and wondering if it really means anything to anyone else! Thank you so much for always sharing and being real. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you, Laura. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I was up late talking with our 21 yr old and she said, “I don’t remember arguing with my siblings like the little kids.” PROOF POSITIVE that they really don’t remember most of the hard things. They’ll see things through the eyes of a child and one day, they’ll understand. You’re doing great. xoxo

  7. I needed this today. I was just thinking of not even putting up the tree this year. My mother-in-law went to be with Jesus in May. Kids arguing, bickering etc. Just seems that there is no peace until bedtime. But this post reminded me of what’s important. I will bake those cookies and put up our tree. I wll make some memories even in the chaos. Merry Christmas!!!

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