1) Resign to the fact that there will be glitter,tiny pieces of wrapping paper and pine needles floating around your house for the next 6 months.
2) Accept that your jeans will be significantly tighter than they were in the fall. Face it, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving Stuffing and Christmas Cookies will never have a place in any fad diet. Forget about the extra 5 (errr 10) pounds and be thankful that winter jackets hide fat rolls and that stretchy yoga pants are trendy.
3) Learn how to be a Pro Gift Returner. Do the quacking Duck Dynasty Salt & Pepper shakers from Uncle Louie not tickle your fancy? Did the little gift “hints” that you emailed your husband, put in his briefcase and taped to the mirror totally go over his head? Do yourself a favor and avoid the guilt trip and sideways comments you’ll get when you return a present. Be proactive and take a picture of yourself “using” the gift before returning it. That way when you get together at Easter and Uncle Louie asks how you liked his gift you can pull up your pic and rave about how great the gift was.
4) Avoid viewing your credit card bills for at least a week. Yes, that may not be sound financial advice. But, come on, it takes a bit of time to get out of the post Christmas funk. Give yourself a little time (and wine) to prepare to face the damage the Holiday Season did on your bank account.
5) Curse yourself for being clueless and buying your kid gifts that will haunt you until next Christmas. How could it slip your mind that a 500 piece Lego set turns into a torture chamber for your feet when the lights are off? Oh and Stickers?! Created by the Devil himself to ruin parents'(and their furniture/walls/windows) lives. Yeah, you screwed up this year. Live and learn, right?
6) Drill into your kids’ brains that Santa watched them ALL.YEAR.LONG. It’s no secret that the threat of getting put on the “naughty list” is a powerful one. But, what ridiculously idle threat is a parent to use the remaining 11 months of the year? I find it helpful to make an effort to point out any chubby man with glasses and a white beard and whisper “Look, there he is!!” at least once every month.
7) Make fabulously boring plans to do nothing on New Year’s Eve. Forget about searching for a sparkly dress or trying to get a reservation at some over-priced restaurant! The holiday season is EXHAUSTING. What better way to ring in a new year than with a full 8 hours of sleep?!