The holidays can be full of lights, presents, coziness, and family– and if you are a parent, they can also be filled to the brim with untold amounts of stress. Sorry, that's just the way it is. And the parents who wrote these tweets agree that the holiday season isn't all smiles and rainbows– especially if you have small children.
Kids are very demanding, and the holidays is a tricky balance between being generous with gifts, and not giving in to those crazy monsters' every whim. It's hard to be a parent during the holidays. In fact, it's so hard that the first two weeks of the new year should always be reserved for parents to go on a tropical vacation someplace very far away from their kids.
If Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn't handle being a parent during Christmas, then most other parents can't either.And that's OK! Because parents during the holidays have each other to commiserate with– and Twitter to use as an outlet.
*Gestures to all of it*
[Christmas shopping] CASHIER: can I help u? ME: *gestures to all of it* yes, make it stop— Kalvin (@Kalvin)1482091698.0
Believe in the magic of Christmas, I whisper to myself as I check the balance in my account.— Simon Holland (@Simon Holland)1512393509.0
The children were nestled
The children were nestled all snug in their beds until they had to pee get a drink show me they can whistle and ask me if birds have teeth.— MamaFizzles (@MamaFizzles)1482209663.0
Me: "Santa is going to bring you toys if you're a good" My kid: "Santa doesn't bring toys, the toys are in the store" Me: "Well, I tried..."— CurrentlyCaprece (@CurrentlyCaprece)1449595730.0
5yo: What does Santa bring if I'm bad? Me: I hear it's coal. 5yo: Is it true you can make diamonds out of coal? Me:… https://t.co/EzqiEsEvTo— Paige Kellerman (@Paige Kellerman)1512080870.0
Top 3 gifts
Neighbor asked my kid the top 3 gifts she wants from Santa. Would've been nice if she put them on her list A TINY BIT SOONER THAN XMAS EVE.— Kim Bongiorno (@Kim Bongiorno)1482618296.0
According to my kids' Christmas lists, they think this parenting gig pays pretty well.— Sarcastic Mommy (@Sarcastic Mommy)1511792177.0
Just found some stocking stuffers that Santa forgot last year. Awesome. I've never been so far ahead in my Christmas shopping this early.— Momma of Midgard (@Momma of Midgard)1380925153.0
All I Want for ChristmasThis six-year-old really has a point. I've never thought about this before, but now I will always think about it when I hear this song.
Funny how this Target cashier says "Merry Christmas" like she's not going to see me 50 more times between now & then.— Amy Dillon (@Amy Dillon)1450130708.0
Have kids so you can be done with your Christmas shopping & they can hand you their "updated" list which includes nothing you bought.— Sarcastic Mommy (@Sarcastic Mommy)1513654967.0
Honest holiday newsletterI really hate holiday newsletters, but if they all read like this, I would love them. Brutal honesty for the win.
Went online to get the kids' Christmas gifts and long story short an hour later all I ordered was a really funny Supernatural mug for myself— Kim Bongiorno (@Kim Bongiorno)1449371406.0
'Tis the season
'Tis the season where I have to keep my pants and bra on for longer than normal because I probably have to go Chris… https://t.co/t2FIn09zNN— Meredith (@Meredith)1512623214.0
Hiding presentsNo joke, I hid a present today and then panicked that I forgot where I put it. Literal hours later. The struggle is real.
My teenager asked for a $400 gaming system for Christmas, so guess who's waking up Christmas morning with a stockin… https://t.co/F5UEUr3yef— KarateAndPopTarts (@KarateAndPopTarts)1513616551.0
Chill and laid back
Think you are chill and laid back? Watch your kid build and decorate a gingerbread house without intervening.— Simon Holland (@Simon Holland)1512305425.0
One minute of sleep
I just put 'one minute of sleep' on my Amazon Wish List. It's currently unavailable.— The ParentNormal (@The ParentNormal)1513617540.0
3-year-old: *finishes watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"* Me: What did you learn? 3-year-old: How to get all the presents.— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn)1448388272.0
me [putting sons toy together] I don’t think *looks at instructions* *looks at box* Yeah, buddy, it’s not supposed to be on fire like that— Josh (@Josh)1513782844.0
Sorry kids but Santa said you can only ask for toys that are Amazon Prime eligible.— mark (@mark)1450017107.0
Elf on the Shelf
Parents, it's called Elf on the Shelf, not Elf on the Zipline Made of Licorice That Ends in a Punchbowl Full of Min… https://t.co/Gw3laEyCnO— Valerie (@Valerie)1512236016.0
I've spent over 100 dollars on Christmas gifts for a kid that doesn't know the meaning of the words Christmas, gifts, 100, or dollars.— Dad and Buried (@Dad and Buried)1450111757.0
Ornaments and trees
Whoever decided to celebrate Christmas with breakable glass bulbs in pretty colors on a big thing you can knock ove… https://t.co/zH9wlHR28K— Walking Outside in Slippers (@Walking Outside in Slippers)1512365575.0
Empty water bottle
*spends hundreds of dollars on Christmas presents* *watches son amuse himself for an hour with an empty water bottle*— Northern Lights 🦖🦎🐢 (@Northern Lights 🦖🦎🐢)1482523252.0
Cheap advent calendar
You know it's a cheap Advent calendar when a three year old spits out the chocolate.— dadpression (@dadpression)1512183512.0
Capitalist space Santa
My 3-year-old told me Santa gets presents from space and gives them to you if you pay him money. All hail capitalist space Santa.— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn)1512239357.0
Staying up late
The most challenging part of Christmas is staying up later than my kids to put the presents out.— Rodney Lacroix (@Rodney Lacroix)1512050059.0
Fighting and vacuuming
Christmas break isn't so bad since the sound of your kids fighting over their new toys is drowned out by the vacuum sucking up pine needles.— the Mom TruthBomb (@the Mom TruthBomb)1482353730.0