There's no denying that the holidays are magical. The lights and the parties and the food and the family time; it's all a joy. However, it's also a lot of work. In fact, it can be daunting, especially for moms. As the holiday season winds down and the big day comes and goes, there are thoughts every mom has when Christmas is finally over; thoughts that are both positive and a little negative.
Now that I have kids, Christmas is entirely different than when it was just my husband and me celebrating. While it's definitely a lot more fun, it's also definitely a lot busier. Prior to having children I never decorated much and, for several years, we didn't even have a tree. Now? Well, now we go all out; lights and wreaths and little Santa Claus figures and snowmen decorations everywhere. I happen to think it's pretty great.
Having kids added a whole new dimension to the holidays that I never truly appreciated before. It also added stress and chores and necessary preparations that, when you don't have kids, just aren't that important. The buildup during December is taxing but, for the most part, worth it. Still, in the days after Christmas, the come down is almost palpable and just because Christmas has passed, doesn't mean the work is finished. So I know there are some thoughts every mom has when Christmas is finally over, including the following: