A MUM-OF-SEVEN has written a brutally honest post about being a mum at Christmas – and why she’s glad it’s over for another year.
Constance Hall, from Perth, Australia, lives in a blended family with husband Denim Cooke and their kids Sunny, Zeyke, Billie-Violet, Arlo, twins Rumi and Snow, and Raja.
She’s known for her candid confessions and took to Facebook yesterday to praise her fellow mums – with the post racking up 45,000 likes.
Constance wrote: “Hey you… Well done. Chances are you, Budgeted for over a month to put a smile on your kids face this Christmas.
“You did all the last minute Christmas shopping… Found the f***ing sticky tape and scissors and wrapped whole lots of s*** while hiding, or rushing or staying up way later than you wanted to.
“Stayed up until every one of your nosey stealth kids fell asleep, even the ones who pretend to sleep.. had really fallen asleep so you could put the presents under the tree.
“Woke up at 5am, even if you were up all night breast feeding, because even sleeping kids know.. it’s present time.
“Handed the credit over to a make believe old man. Received nothing, or maybe a candle and a card and were happy as Larry with that.
“Sucked a whole lots of eggs.. bit your tongue while family in law judged your lifestyle or made snide remarks.
“Made the f***ing food. Not because you wanted to, but because nice food is important to you. Because the smell of it being cooked is an important memory for your kids..
“Drove hundreds of miles to see your grandkids.
“Did a Christmas child handover with the ex, holding back tears, pretending everything is just fine.
“Basically became and engineer and carpenter in one coz some clever c*** bought your kid a swing set, handed it over and got p***ed all day.
“Consoled your one life hating kid who’s never happy no matter how much crap they get.
“Apologised for other people’s behaviour.
“Breathed deeply while your husband f***ed off because the surf was ‘pumping’ ok maybe that’s just me.
“And still sat back knowing that you had a great Christmas because seeing other people smile genuinely makes you happy.”
She added: “You are the legendary memory makers. You don’t work like a f***ing dog because you’re a martyr or an enabler of the lazy pricks in your life.
“You do it because you care. And I care about you. I hope you had a merry f***ing Christmas and praise the lord it’s over.”
And the post really resonated with Constance’s fellow mums, who thanked her for her honesty.
One wrote: “Thank you – I needed that. I have been working tirelessly for months to ‘make the memories’ for my children.
“Just like my Mum did for me and hopefully my kids will learn and do for theirs.
“Zero appreciation or thanks from my other half whilst he revelled in it all happening around him.
“I both hate it and love it. Glad to know you see me.”
While a second said: “Thank you beautiful, this is me. Single Mum to a 17 year old son, with no family whatsoever. Love you lots xx”.
Another mum commented: “This one hits home like a motherf***er. All the effort and money spent for the kids to have the best memories.
“All the while everyone has huge expectations that you’ll be able to visit everyone and spend a good amount of time with each family member when all you want to do is be at home and let the kids play and enjoy their new toys.
“As I get older I am starting to hate Christmas. The anxiety and expectations get to me big time.
“Thanks for putting it out there. It’s a tough time of year for some of us who just can’t seem to find the joy. Good on ya’ Con”.
Constance previously admitted she only bathes her kids three times-a-week and lets them eat with their hands.