Yeah, I'm totally blogging about someone else's blog post. Why? Because I think the message is pretty important. We live in a Pinterest world, where handmade Valentines with prizes (because in our school, candy isn't allowed) are expected, the Tooth Fairy pays $5 per tooth, the Elf on the Shelf tortures parents (and now there's a birthday one as well!) Easter Eggs must be dyed in organic dye and then decorated with non-acid stickers and Halloween costumes are homemade and obscure. We now celebrate the Hundredth Day of School like it's a major holiday and don't even get me started on Spirit Week.
I don't live in this world. Neither do my kids, and I don't think they're suffering. Not once have they asked me when our Gold Coin hunt is going to start, or requested green milk. (Say it with me: Ew.) We got a big box of store-bought Valentines and no one was worse for the wear. My kids have never dyed an Easter egg. In fact, when I mentioned that maybe we could this year, Will countered that he liked the plastic eggs just fine. There is no Elf on the Shelf in our home at Christmastime, and I have zero interest in bringing one home. Because that just creates stress around an already-stressful holiday season, most of which is stress that I/we created. Adding on "remembering to move around an Elf nightly" to my list of things to do, and finding "naughty" things that I have to set up/clean up just might be my breaking point. And forget an "Advent calendar" with a daily small gift at Christmas. Whoever thought that idea up....ugh.
Don't get me wrong: I like Pinterest, I am looking for new things on there all the time. And I love whimsy. I like creating things with my kids, and celebrating holidays. But when did it become such a competition, not to mention expensive?? And forget the whole Mommy Battle thing, between stay-home/working/work from home Moms....from where I sit it's all types of Moms agreeing over this.
I'm not looking to be a grinch, or to short-change my boys when it comes to fun and celebration. Let's just agree to celebrate things joyfully without overburdening. I'm on board!