Ahhhhh, Christmas. That magical day that, as kids, we spent the other 364 days of the year looking forward to. We daydreamed about what special gifts Santa would bring, we ate cookies and candy to our hearts’ content, and we even endured stiff holiday clothes and bows that we hated – all for the promise of what lay ahead on Christmas morning.
Then we became parents. It didn’t take long to gain a new appreciation for our own parents who faithfully played Santa year after year. We suddenly realized that it had not, in fact, been Santa who shouted muffled sounds of exasperation on Christmas Eve, but our fathers trying to put together a doll house that had more moving parts than your average European luxury car. We learned that elves don’t make the presents, rather our parents braved teeming throngs of equally frustrated parents to make sure that Cabbage Patch Kid or BMX bike we couldn’t live without ended up under the tree. And Christmas dinner? Well, suffice it to say, it doesn’t cook itself.
Somewhere between the shopping, the wrapping, the baking, and the hostage negotiation-like planning of “who’s hosting Christmas dinner” among relatives, the Christmases of our childhood vanished.
And yet, for myself, and many of you out there, Christmas is like pregnancy and labor. We spend nine months planning for it – with all the aches and pains and stresses – and no sooner is it done, then we remember it fondly and think, “Hey, I should really do this again.” So year after year, we start the cycle all over again, sometimes with tears, sometimes with a little extra wine, but always with fond memories once it’s all said and done.
This Christmas, what better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a true-to-life depiction of what Christmas really looks like for parents. And who better to bring it to you than Matt Damon and the Saturday Night Live team!
Take a few minutes de-stress with this hilarious sketch and if you don’t see yourself in it, then please share your secrets with the rest of us! But for those of you who can relate, enjoy the chance to laugh at yourself, then brace yourself because the storm is about to hit. In the meantime, from our family to yours – happy holidays!
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