Ah, the holidays. The most stressful, er, I mean JOYOUS, time of year! I don't know about you, but my life is nuts. Between work and the kids and the house and the butt-wiping and the dinner cooking and the dish washing and the laundry and the more laundry and the more laundry, I'm at capacity. Some days, I truly don't think I can handle another thing. So, adding the holidays, and all the tasks that comes with them, on top of my already full plate is enough to send me over the edge. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE the holidays. It's a wonderful time of year. I just wish I had some elves to help me get it all done.
And apparently, I'm not alone. Responsibility.org, an organization that promotes making responsible choices around drinking alcohol, did some research and found that the holidays, while wonderful, can be incredibly stressful. This is particularly true for moms, because we've got four billion things to do to make the "holiday magic" happen. They also found that one of the unhealthy ways a lot of us cope with the stress is by drinking more. And unfortunately, some parents even drive with their kids in the car after a few too many drinks.
This issue hits close to home for me because when I was a little girl, my father used to drive drunk with me in the car. I remember zooming through the dark, twisty roads of Vermont, gripping onto the side of my seat and praying we wouldn't crash. Praying we'd make it home alive. I begged him to slow down. Asked him to be careful. But he just brushed me off and there was nothing I could do. I couldn't drive. I couldn't call a cab. I was a little kid and I was helpless. I don't want any child to ever feel the desperation I felt in those moments. So I've decided to give back this holiday season and spread the word about responsible drinking... in a silly song, of course!
So, TADA! Introducing "The Holidays Are Hell" set to the tune of "Jingle Bells!" Happy Holidays!