I have been a huge fan of Rhythm of the Home since it started. This season, it is an honor for me to be a part of the Winter issue.
Plough Monday is the first Monday after Epiphany and the day when, traditionally, the farmers return to their ploughs. The holiday celebrating and merry-making are over for now, it is time to go back to the fields.
What does this mean for the modern family? In some parts of the world, Plough Monday is known as “Clean Up Day” or “Lost Monday” as the holiday decorations are “lost” and put away for another year.
At our house, this date on the calendar always seems to hit at the just right time. By early January, our Christmas morning angels have morphed into children tired of being cooped up indoors on sub-zero days. The few remaining cookies in the jar are stale. Our toddler has redecorated and rearranged the ornaments on the lower branches of our tree so often it is starting to resemble our backyard during tornado season.
For today’s families, while we may not all be returning to literal ploughs and fields after the holidays, we are returning back to our daily grinds. It is time to pack up the trimmings and the tinsel and get back to work.
I will confess, however, that a part of me always leaves the holidays behind with some trepidation. The joy and happiness of the Christmas season, with its purpose so clear and its celebration so meaningful, can be hard to leave behind. It can be difficult to leave that magic behind for our children, too.
So, how can a parent make the transition from presents, decorations, and festivities to normal daily life as gentle for our children as possible?
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the excellent Winter issue!