Do you know the song, “Every party has a pooper, that’s why we invited you!!” Sometimes in college, my sorority sisters would chant it at me when I wanted to go home early on a Saturday night. And lately I have heard a chorus of this catchy tune go through my head because I have come to the realization that I am a holiday party pooper!!
I have never been a big fan of the minor holidays – Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, etc. I simply celebrate the holy trinity of holidays – Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. Otherwise it is just noise. This stand was never really an issue until I had my daughter. Now I have started to downright dislike these superfluous holidays because of how crappy a job I do at celebrating or even recognizing these holidays. I fear my mom card may be revoked soon.
I blame Facebook and Pinterest for my sudden inferiority complex. I wake up on the mornings of said holidays to pictures of friends’ children dressed in their holiday garb, eating special holiday color coded meals and toting homemade holiday treats for their friends and teachers. Come on what is going on out there? When did St. Patrick’s Day become a big hairy deal? I see green eggs and ham for breakfast. People are cutting out tiny green foot prints and having leprechauns pull pranks in their house. Who has the time or energy for these shenanigans? I am officially waving my party pooper flag.
Thank goodness for my mother-in-law. While she has never said anything about my party pooper tendencies, a box always arrives a week before certain holidays with some minor-holiday swag and clothing. So at the very least my daughter has the appropriate shirt to wear to school!
I don’t know if I will pass this terrible gene on to my daughter or if the pendulum will swing in the other direction, and she will have a flag outside her home for every holiday on earth. Only time will tell. In the mean time, sing with me, “Every party has a pooper, that’s why we invited you – PARTY POOPER!! “
Seriously! The sticky excess of cuteness that overflows from SM is getting all over everything.
Come on Lisa!!! You don’t like Halloween?! What’s wrong with you!!! Free candy!? I celebrate the opening of an envelope. It is fun, but can backfire quick! My six year old wakes up on completely random days making up reasons to celebrate. Anything to get a treat, card, toy. I have created monster!
Krista, I am even a Halloween party pooper! My husband blames my austere German father for these traits. Hee, hee. I’m sending KRK over to your house to celebrate Flag Day – it’s this Thursday.
I live for birthdays and Christmas. My creative juices start and end there. The rest costs WAY too much $ with four kids and would require a personal assistant to coordinate. Pinterest is 1,000,000% to blame – every single cute VDay over the top treat (which were absolutely darling) had Pinterest written all over it!
Thank you for sharing this. I am a birthday party pooper and I do not know why! I despise attending children’s birthday parties (and I feel horrible for admitting it!). The chaos of that many kids in addition to the sugar from the sweets and parents running around making sure best behavior is followed give me total anxiety! My husband has started laughing when we receive invitations because he knows how much I hate them. At least now I know there may be another party pooper out there besides me 🙂
My daughter is 3 in December, and I have never thrown her a birthday party!! My family is horrified by this fact. I am considering throwing her a 2.5 party this summer, because I am so ashamed. And December birthdays are the worst!
I am a party pooper too. 🙂 We do something special with each child on their birthday, of their choosing. We also take them shopping and have a special meal and of course cake! I dread kids parties. I really think it is all for the parents to get their gold star 😀
I don’t feel the need to compete personally and want my kids happy but parties with other the top decorations, themes and activies are not the way to do it. Don’t feel bad!
DOLLAR STORE!!! Hit it up and you can make them so happy and feel like a kid again too. There is nothing better than some goofy glasses, silly string and some silly cheap trinkets to make them smile. I always just think of how these little holidays are so much to look forward to them to just have fun. I keep it simple and do the same things each year. you don’t have to do it Martha Stewart perfect. I always feel like if I do a little fun with love, then it’s picture perfect. I have a blog with lots of these kind of things, but I am not trying to push my blog, so if you want some easy ideas, just email me. I’m a chum of Cheryl’s with CSP and she knows I am far from perfect.