5 Ways to Survive December, Homeschooling or Otherwise

1.  Forget Elf on the Shelf.  Become rich even.  Create Elf in the Trash.  Elf in the Back of the Garbage Truck.  Elf in the Landfill.  That stupid elf has broken my kids’ hearts too many times.


Certainly remind the kids that The Elf does not really move every day.

2.  Shake the Christmas tree really, really violently then vacuum up all the loose needles just once.

dead tree

Oh yes.  That will be much easier to take care of now.

3.  December never comes and goes without at least one illness.


Declare “No Christmas” for any kid who doesn’t clean up his own puke.

4.  Become an avid non-consumer proponent.


That is so cute.  It only took two old socks.  Magic marker could be used even–if you don’t have buttons.

5.  Open the top of the piano.  Stuff some towels down in there.  And the violin.  Close gently.

piano inside

I don’t have a clue what is wrong with the piano.

Is your house as crazy as ours is right now?  If they could  funnel the energy of kids at Christmas,  they could get the USA off of oil, I’m sure.  The red food dye certainly raises it to a whole new level in our house.  Red food dye is regulated more tightly than sugar here.  Yep.  You read that right.  In some of my kids, that stuff is pure evil.

We are having a ball.  Is it all Zen?  Nope!  Crazy.  Mouthy.  Sick (and I did clean it up, by the way).  Busy.  Unproductively productive.  But when I feel the frustration and overwhelm, I try to use it as a way to STOP and regroup.  (I literally do just that.  When I feel that feeling–I pull up short in mid-stride.)  Something is not right.  What is it?  What can I do about it?  What can I eliminate?  What mind-set can I change and adjust to help deal with reality versus expectation?  Is there a friend I can call who can give me an attitude flip?  Just about nothing matters to me more than helping my kids become content, satisfied, and non-superficial people, and to do that, they need a role-model.  Am I modeling that?

Christmas is about nothing if it isn’t about unconditional love.  Acceptance that great things come from humbleness and simplicity.  May we all know that.  It gets me through December–heck–and the other 11 months too.

Warmest wishes to you this last week before The Big Show.


(PS:  Number six would be, “Expect to be interrupted every two minutes.  Plan on it.”)

(PPS:  I still know that I owe some iodine, butyrate, and blood sugar regulation posts.  They are on my mind, but I just can’t get to them like I want to yet.)

20 thoughts on “5 Ways to Survive December, Homeschooling or Otherwise

  1. Shannon

    Thank you for the survival tips, and yep, the show must go on! May you all have a wonderful Christmas, short on sickness and long on the unconditional love.

  2. FitMomPam

    Yes simplicity! Having knee surgery the week before Christmas means the KISS principle will be utilized in my household! Which is why there is no Elf in my house. I just can’t make that kind of commitment! haha

  3. mommytrainingwheels

    I’ve decided to just not invest in an Elf. I mean, I have enough trouble keeping the house in a liveable state in the first place, I certainly don’t need a naughty Elf messing things up for me on top of it all.

    My littles are too little for things to be crazy right now. Amélie is completely oblivious and Charles, though he has a better understanding about what is going on this year, doesn’t have the actual anticipation about Christmas. I suspect that next year will be crazy though.

    Happy Holidays!

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      The energy in our house is amazing! (And infectious, I guess.) Things have calmed down about the elf now that we all realize she just doesn’t move every day! I don’t get mad at her anymore and the kids quit trying to guess why she didn’t move. 🙂 If we’re still blogging, can’t wait to see your next Christmas!


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