I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: You are not behind.
Not even now, on the 22nd day of the month, three days before Christmas.
Your holiday to-do list wasn’t a manifest of demands penned by a hostile captor, it was an optimistic catalog of suggestions lovingly created for your present self by your past self.
Literally everything on it is optional. And best yet, much of it is still doable.
The Elf can show up for 2 days instead of 25.
Your un-mailed Christmas cards can go out on Friday as “holiday cards”.
Likewise, any gifts you didn’t get around to shipping yet will be a most-welcome surprise for New Year’s.
Or, sometime in the New Year.
You can make cookies on Christmas Eve. Or Christmas Day.
Or not at all.
You can put up the wreath you forgot about right now. Or just let it stay in the bin ’til next year.
You can thank a teacher, a trash collector, or your tax accountant next week. Or next month.
If your tree went up late, let it stay up ’til January 15. Who cares?
If the Christmas pajamas don’t arrive until January, wear them anyway. Take that family photo in front of the dried-out, crispy tree. Instagram it like crazy.
All your deadlines are self-imposed, mama. The only thing that matters is that you keep showing up, love your family, and do your best.
You are not behind. Not today, not tomorrow. Not even 7 PM Thursday evening.
You’ve got this, for as long as “this” takes.