The school holidays are a funny old time for parents. During term, the biggest wardrobe decision to be made is whether or not you’ll get away with another day of that ink-stained sweater. Without the routine of school dictating much of what they wear (and do!), the Christmas holidays throw open a whole world of possibility – novel at first, but not always without indecision where their wardrobes are concerned…
Most school holidays follow roughly the same timeline. Excitement reaches fever pitch with enough energy to threaten the space-time continuum will eventually subside. Following this is a generally good natured exploration of a freedom that seems a little alien so far after the October half-term. With Christmas there is obviously another large ramping up of excitement, but after that has passed, the lack of structure does eventually lead to a bit of restlessness. It’s an angst, that despite being able to ask Alexa inane questions for hours on end, is persistent. Where earlier the immediate pangs of boredom would be discounted and suppressed, they are now vocalised. “But I’m boooooooored” will unfortunately ring out across the start of 2018. We may (correctly) tell them that these are the best years of their lives and that freedom from school is better than office drudgery, but it’s unlikely this will be taken to heart. They’ll then return to school with fever pitch excitement and the circle of life will begin again.
Their wardrobes during this time will probably to an extent mirror the emotions felt. Initial Christmas exhilaration is best represented by an OTT Christmas jumper. Calming down is then represented by a climbdown perhaps into wintry fairisle items. The pick up (and appearance of judgemental in laws) expresses itself through something a little smarter paired with a cracker-sourced crown. At this point the story meets a fork in the road. Either chime with the oppressive grey disquiet of early January or turn toward something that offsets it!
Here’s how to best bring the new year in without so much as a nod to pre-school melancholy… Fun options that’ll keep preoccupation options HIGH. Tap the image to shop straight from the blog!
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