Managing present expectations and arguing about traditions awaits me this year

 Jen Hogan with her daughter Chloe and sons, from left, Adam, Noah, Zach, Tobey, Luke and Jamie at their home in Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
Jen Hogan with her daughter Chloe and sons, from left, Adam, Noah, Zach, Tobey, Luke and Jamie at their home in Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“You should probably start writing your letters to Santa,” I said to my children. It was still November, but I was thinking about how much I had to do in such a short space of time – and one of those involved beating The Late Late Toy Show and the potential sudden mind changes that it can bring.

I did a quick google recently.

Divorce, death and moving house were listed among the most stressful events in our lives – but surprisingly there was no mention of managing Christmas expectations.

It’s not that I’m the Grinch. Far from it – I’ve always loved Christmas. My favourite Christmas movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and I think I may possibly be married to Clark W Griswold’s real-life alter-ego, but with such a love of Christmas comes a pressure to make it perfect. A perfect Christmas with all of us enjoying every single moment and aspect of it and ne’er a cross word spoke.

So we’re doomed from the beginning.

Christmas traditions in our own families varied significantly. Some we’ve combined, some we’ve compromised on, some we’ve started anew and some we still argue about every year.

It seems Santa didn’t wrap the presents he brought to my husband’s home.

“What do you mean Santa didn’t wrap your gifts?” I asked incredulously, on learning it for the first time as we contemplated our own daughter’s first Christmas morning. “Sure part of the magic is the anticipation of seeing what’s inside the wrapped parcels,” I continued, convinced my in-laws had some rather outlandish Christmas notions, and adamant…

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