In the corporate world, Q4 signals the close of the business year and it is the time to hurry to finish the things you were slated for this year and plan for the upcoming new business year.
In the parenting year, October 1st signals the start of the holiday hustle. First, you have Halloween (which is the best holiday EVER, in my not-so-humble opinion), then you are lulled into a belief you have plenty of time … until BAM – Thanksgiving. This begins the whirlwind until Christmas and New Years. It isn’t until Q1 that parents can be found in fetal position on the living room floor covered in holiday décor and children running wild as they come down from the sugar high that is also known as Parenting in Q4.
I have been guilty of the holiday hustle and sometimes I even enjoy it. But I am here to remind you that there are:
- 92 days until New Year’s Day
- 85 days until Christmas
- 52 days until Thanksgiving
- 30 days until Halloween (although many parties will be the weekend prior – only giving you 26 days)
As a mommy who loves to be crafty, a child who loves to do all the fun things all her friends get to do, and as a woman who enjoys small visits to sanity every once in a while – I begging you, the super-awesome mommies of the world who have the greatest ideas that are “super easy and fun”, please don’t come up with more “awesome-must-do-holiday-cool-stuff”.
The elf is cute, I love the elf and all the fun trickster things he can do, but I don’t have time to be that awesome.
Let’s stick to straight Halloween with fun costumes for the kids, and maybe the purchased costumes and be as fun as the homemade awesomeness you can do.
I will stick to the cookie exchange rules and they will be homemade, but if they are a little mis-formed… don’t judge.
When you see October 1st come around – are you excited, or do you dread the last few holiday-filled months of the year?
What are your family favorite things to do in Q4?