Around the holidays every parent turns into a big fat liar. Day in and day out, I hear myself repeating, “Santa is watching. I’m calling Santa. Santa called and said you’re on the naughty list. Santa wanted me to tell you that you’re getting coal if you don’t make your bed. And I wouldn’t talk to me like that if I were you. Santa heard that.”
But perhaps the biggest lies of all are the ones us parents tell to ourselves. Those lies fall under the umbrella of “I CAN DO IT ALL!”
The 3rd Pain of Christmas is overdoing it.
All year long, I overextend myself to make things happier, more fun and extra special for my kids. But when the holiday season kicks in, I go into overdrive.
Yes, I can afford thousands of dollars spent on Santa gifts. Lie.
Yes, I can make it to Grady’s holiday party, Annie Bea’s ballet show and take a conference call from the car while racing between the two events. It won’t stress me out or cause me to drive through a red light. Lie.
Yes, I can find time to bake cookies with the kids for all of our neighbors. Lie.
No, I don’t need help packing or wrapping or organizing rides to the airport or finding someone to watch the dog or getting the house secure for the holidays. Lie. Lie. Lie. Lie. And lie.
But you know what? Every year I do it all the same exact way. Because the kids will look back and appreciate the effort I put into so many special family traditions. I pray that’s the truth. If not, I pray they lie and say it is.