As a parent, there’s one thing you must do on Christmas day if you want to come through in one piece.
You may already have it sussed. Indeed, many use this technique to survive your average Sunday. But you’d be surprised how many parents haven’t yet worked out the key to sanity on the festive day.
And it’s this: getting the children outside for fresh air and exercise.
Sorry. You were probably expecting something a bit more ground-breaking.
But seriously. I don’t care where you live or what the weather’s like. Get those kids outside first thing on Christmas day and wear them out. Put colour in their cheeks. Run them ragged.
Once you’ve done that, nothing else matters. The rest of the day will fall into place.
Family newsletters are about to make their annual appearance.
Middle class parents up and down the country are typing away this very minute, driven by the need to let everyone know:
- How successful they are.
- How clever and talented their offspring are.
- How busy the whole family is.
- How rich they are.
- Which exotic locations they’ve visited this year.
- How many ‘great’ friends they have (hence the need for this blanket mailing).
If you’re the recipient of such a newsletter, you could be forgiven for thinking:
- If I’m a ‘great’ friend, don’t I already know all this?
- If I’m not a ‘great’ friend, do I care? (No.)
- Get over yourself.
If, on the other hand, you’re thinking of producing your own family newsletter this year, why not redirect your efforts into handwriting a few carefully chosen, personal words in Christmas cards instead?
Trust me. You’ll make a far better impression.