‘Tis the season of magic and wonder, reverence and celebration. It’s also the season when we parents get our crazy on all in the name of love and holiday cheer.
While it’s fair to say we do crazy things year-round in an effort to make our kids happy, during the holidays we tend to put things into overdrive, seemingly producing a few Christmas miracles of our own. And while we might tell ourselves that we’d never do (insert radical thing you just did for your kids) again, looking back it’s always worth it.
1. Eat Santa’s cookies
You know there’s no way Santa could possibly eat all the cookies left for him across the globe, even if yours are rather delicious (Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough for the win). So you help him out, always being sure to leave behind a partially eaten cookie and carrot if your family puts out reindeer treats, too. This is a sacrifice I’m willing to make.
2. Camp out for parades
Remember that time you camped out on the sidewalk for hours so your kids could see the holiday parade up close? If not for your iPhone and red cup, you may not have made it.
3. Wake up at dawn to shop
Your kid finally sleeps through the night, which means now you do too, but not tonight. You’re up before sunrise, ready to brave the Black Friday madness.
Same goes for staying up until midnight to take advantage of an online sale. You’re so sleepy but you refuse to fall victim to back-orders or risk the gift you’re looking for going out of stock. So this year you stay up and wait, and when the clock strikes midnight you turn on your computer and shop.
4. Stand in hour-long lines to score a coveted home item that is guaranteed to make life easier
Whatever you just grabbed, consider yourself lucky because they are almost sold out, not to mention deals like this only come once a year. But here comes the hard part: the line. Still, thanks to the new griddle you’re holding, this year’s reindeer pancakes are going to be amazing.
5. Scour the stores in search of coordinating sibling outfits
You know the photo opportunities that this season brings and you’ve got to be ready. From matching pajamas to festive plaid, you make it your mission to find the perfect outfit for family photos.
See the full list (16 Crazy Things Parents Do in the Name of Love) at mom.me.