'Tis the season for taking on too much.

Almost every mom I spoke to this Christmas echoed the same sentiment, “I signed myself up for too much.”

Don’t feel bad for us though. It’s all self imposed as we try and make everything magical.

But… it’s all a little much.

Christmas comes and goes leaving you exhausted.

So if this all sounds familiar, don’t stress. You didn’t come up short this Christmas. You’re just a mom who likes to do “too much.”

Here’s a roundup of how I let Christmas get out of hand:

1. Crafts

From homemade gifts to random art, December was filled with crafts found on Pinterest. Nothing turned out as planned. 

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2. Baking

It’s a holiday staple and I received a lot of “help” this year from tiny hands.

Christmas Baking
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3. Attending Ever Holiday Event

Christmas brings variety to Spokane. How could we miss that? We've visited three different Santas, Christmas Tree Elegance, the lights at Manito Park and the Christmas lights by Sacred Heart twice.

4. Spontaneous Road Trip

No big deal. We jammed in a road trip from Spokane to Seattle right before Christmas. It was spontaneous. So it wasn't shocking that one of my kids didn't have shoes when we arrived in Seattle. 

Road trip
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5.Gingerbread Houses

It’s an extension of #1, more crafting but with candy. It was a holiday must for a two-year-old.

Gingerbread Houses
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6. Asking my husband to play Santa

We traveled around Spokane with our family surprising friends with a visit from Santa. It's a tradition my great-aunt and uncle started.

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7. Elf on the Shelf

Our elf arrived almost two weeks late. (I forgot all about him.) But once he arrived, the Elf on the Shelf scramble consumed our evenings. 

Elf on the Shelf
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8. Decorating with toddlers

If you've seen the video. Enough said.

9. Candy in church

One toddler, a nearly 90 minute Christmas Eve Mass and one giant bag of gummy bears. What could go wrong? 

Everything. 

We survived Mass, barely. Then returned home to watch a toddler get sick next to the Christmas tree. 

Gummy Bears
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10. Post-Christmas crash

My kids crashed hard once all of the presents were open. How do you know their exhausted? Answer: when they slowly pass out in the middle of the chaos on top of a Sit ’n Spin. 

Toddler Post Christmas
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