Take care of yourself this Christmas

Christmas is a crazy time that, let’s face it, is all about the children. Their little faces light up at the idea of Santa and presents and more presents. It’s fun and it’s stressful. We often indulge in a bit of extra food and a bit of extra cheer (code for booze), and can tend to burn ourselves out trying to get everything ready for the big day.

Loads of mums I know tie themselves in knots in an attempt to make the time magical for their kids. There’s nothing wrong with that but my message to you is this: please, please, please look after yourself. Find a way to remind yourself that you’re important too. Here are a few ideas:

  • Sneak outside while the children are playing with their new EVERYTHING to have a cup of green tea in the sun on Christmas morning. Bah, it’s Christmas, a glass of champagne is perfectly acceptable.
  • Paint your toenails red on Christmas Eve.
  • On Boxing Day, leave the kids with whomever will have them and go for a walk in the bush/along the beach. Connect with nature while all the crazy mofos out there are bashing each other up at the sales.
  • Buy yourself a nice bottle of champagne and don’t share it with anyone.
  • After you put the kids to bed on Christmas night, sit outside and listen to the crickets, and congratulate yourself on all you’ve done to give to others this year. With the drink of your choice, obviously. Foot massage from partner (if you have one) is totally optional.
  • Sit down and write down a few things you’d like to achieve in 2014. Then write a plan on how you will achieve it, and involve others to help you get there.

Champagne Cartel will be on holidays now until Thursday 2 January. I’ll be around on Facebook and Twitter but the blog is having a well-deserved rest. From all of us here, have a safe and beautiful Christmas. Enjoy your family and be awesome to yourself, you gorgeous specimen, you.

Carolyn xx

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Carolyn is the editorial director of Champagne Cartel and a freelance writer. In her spare time she is a long-distance runner, peanut butter enthusiast, and single mum to three incredible humans.


  • This post is so beautiful – Thank you. It made me cry a little bit – we do so much for others and we often lose sight of what we’re trying to achieve. I am looking forward to raising a toast on Christmas night to all of the SPECTACULAR women
    out there. xxx

  • Well said, CT- I’ve got my nail polish and champas at the ready!
    Have a WONDERFUL break and enjoy every second. Thanks for so many hilarious and fab reads this year, I’m so SO glad to have met you 🙂 Mwah xoxo

    • Thanks Katie! I hope you and your family have a fantastic Christmas, and I look forward to playing with you more in 2014. Thanks for the brigadeiros – new friendships like yours are absolutely my favourite thing about this blog. xxx

  • Fantastic ideas. I will definitely be painting the toenails, drinking some champas and listening to the crickets after a hectic week. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and can’t wait to read more in the new year xx

  • Winter is wet, freezing and galeforce winds here in Ireland – perfect champagne weather! Great post, Champagne Carolyn, and a timely reminder to take some time out over the next few days and enjoy the peace.

    I hope everyone in our Champagne family has a great break and a wonderful celebration – whatever it may be!

  • Beautiful I will be painting the toes in fact might get hubby to do it and a whole lot of sharing and safe love… Merry christmas and heres to bringing in a fresh new year Enjoy the break champagne chickies..

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