Dealing With Post Christmas Horrific Child Syndrome

Judging from the collective Facebook related screams from various parents. And the state of this households sanity. I’m convinced that Post Christmas Horrific Child Syndrome is a thing.

Post Christmas Horrific Child Syndrome, or PCHC for short is when children of a certain age realise that the presents have dried up, exciting Christmas trips are not a thing any more, and chocolate for breakfast is no longer acceptable.

Basically, Post Christmas Horrific Child Syndrome is when children are trying to accept that normality is slowly returning. This results in behavior that you wouldn’t normally have to deal with. (EG. Screaming “No don’t dance with open scissors!”)

If you are also dealing with PCHC, there is no immediate guidance here. Except of course.

Drink Wine.

Responsibly.

#MySundayPhoto – Christmas Lights

Three lessons of the week.

  1. Small one finds driving around looking at lights fairly boring. Walking and looking lights is entirely different.
  2. Taking a short cut over a park in the dark can seem fun. Letting small one go on the zip wire in the dark is also a nice fun “holiday thing” to do, but and this is the important bit, if you decide to go on the zip wire yourself, remember one simple trick. Hold On.
  3. Hitting your head as you fall off a zip wire isn’t a cool, hip, or trendy look on any Dad.
Photalife

How To Get Good Seats At The School Nativity Play

I don’t know about you, but I find there’s something oddly exciting about having a small one in Foundation Year at School, as there are a lot of “firsts” happening at this time of life. First day at school… First end of week meltdown… First school nativity’s… One thing I’ve noticed about School Nativity Plays, apart from how they seem to be both amazing, and super cute, is that they are very popular with parents / any other grown ups. And all these grown ups seem to want to get prime viewing positions (which is fair enough).

But how can you get the good seats at a school nativity play?

Here’s our tips*:

  1. Involve Spy / Friend on the inside who’s paid enough attention to know the quick way in.
  2. Use your Ninja skills to sneak past people.
  3. Invest in some bribe material for the school receptionist. (Chocolate, or alcohol would usually do the trick)
  4. Wear some American football style armor.
  5. Use any PE Equipment / Zip Wire to your advantage.
  6. Stuck at the back of the queue? Get talking to the person in front of you, once conversation starts to die down, get talking to the person in front of where you are now. And repeat…
  7. Walk in while wearing a nativity costume. Enough people may sit far enough away from you, so you end up getting a good seat anyway.
  8. Fly a drone into the school hall, watch nativity via drones camera.
  9. Involve a well placed confused old dear to stand in (other) peoples way.
  10. Sleeping bag. Reserve your place when the school closes the day before.

Any other ideas?

*Obviously if you do any of this, people may look at you oddly / arrange for you to be arrested. Good Luck…

 

#MySundayPhoto – Christmas Is Coming…

I’m imagining there being a number of blogs appearing around the internet this weekend, all sharing photos of Christmas Tree’s and excited faces looking forward to Santa coming.
I guess this is something like that…
Except I think we’re aiming more for “nervous excitement” with this photo.
Photalife

Facebook Christmas Cover Photo Collection

Every now and then, people find us after doing search for a combination of words that we wouldn’t normally expect. An example of this has been the flood of people search for Facebook Nativity or Facebook Christmas Cover Photos. (Cover photos, are what you find on the top of a Facebook profile)

Well… this has ended up inspiring a random session on Photoshop, which then led to The Sofa offering a couple of Christmas Cover Photos a couple of years ago.

I’ve updated the original images to match the up to date measurements for Facebooks Cover Photos

Please feel free to download the below, link back here, and use to your hearts content:

(Left clicking, right clicking, then clicking “Save Image As” should do the trick.)

 

For more images, please see my portfolios over at redbubble and at picfair.com

This post first appeared over on The Church Sofa.

#MySundayPhoto – Crowds Arriving For The Exeter Christmas Market

The Crowds gathering and looking around the Exeter Christmas Market this morning, all in the shadow of the Exeter Cathedral.

By the time lunch time hit, this area was fairly full.

(Note for Exeter Gluten Free People… The Crepe place here does gluten free crepes, which don’t taste like cardboard. Which, in my humble opinion makes this a far better market then last year)

Photalife