Do Mums Do All The Work At Christmas?

I read an article on the Telegraph website today basically saying that mums do all the work at Christmas.

Now although I'm sure that's the case in some households in mine, and many others, it most certainly is not.

My Hubby is a star when it comes to Christmas shopping and wrapping presents. 

In fact when I think of it, he helps with everything, including Christmas Lunch. He helps me do the food shopping when it comes time, reminds me to buy particular things, and helps me plan for the day.

This year I'll be cooking Christmas lunch for 15 people, all of whom are his family. That's partly due to the fact that my family lives so far away but either way, whether it's his side or mine, they're family. 

I don't understand the argument that you should each buy for your own side, what's that all about?

I consider the Hubby's mum to be my mum, his dad to be my dad. When you marry or become serious with a partner you inherit their family as yours. That's just how it is.

Like I said the Hubby has helped me plan the lunch, which believe me takes some planning. He's been there with me every step of the way when buying presents and wrapping them. To be honest he's better at it than me, there's a clear distinction between the presents he's wrapped and the ones I did. Mine kind of look like a 3 year old tried to wrap them!

Okay so "Father Christmas" is the main dude when it comes to this time of year, and yes sometimes it's easy to forget all the work that goes into making the day wonderful, but I don't think it's right to presume that it's the mums that do everything. 

In our household we work together, as a team, with pretty much everything we do. We're doing this whole family thing together. We're raising our children, we're being parents, and together we're making these days as happy as we possibly can. 

I cannot take all the credit.

Yes I work hard this time of year, but so does the Hubby. 

Together we make Christmas what it is. 

It's a team effort.


  1. I do everything at Christmas but it works well like that. I am a bit of control freak when it comes to the preparations! My fella did help with some of the wrapping though. He works in retail so has been working a lot. He is contacted for 24 hours and to the end of this week he's working 44. So he is helping just not in the house.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas x

    1. Thanks Kim, we did have a great Christmas. It sounds like you each do your bit, and that's great. xx

  2. Anonymous07:02

    It sounds like you have a brilliant balance. I must admit that it is all down to me as far as Christmas is concerned but I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

    Wishing you a lovely Christmas and a fantastic New Year lovely.

    Dawn x

    1. Thanks Dawn, hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I think it's fine if you choose to do it all but what annoyed me about the article was that the writer just presumed that all mums everywhere do all the work and all the dads sit on their bottoms. The Hubby wasn't pleased when he read it either!


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