Decorating the Tree: are you an Alpha or a Beta?

December is upon us – how did that happen?  This year has whizzed past and it seems like only yesterday I was grumbling and cursing as I forced all the Christmas decorations back into their boxes and gazed despairingly around at my naked, filthy-with-a-dusting-of-glitter house.  But here we are again. Christmas.

Can I tell you a secret?  You may be surprised to learn that…

…I LOVE Christmas!

I love it, I really really do.  I’m basically a big kid, and I get just as caught up in the excitement and anticipation as I ever did as a child – in fact probably more than ever since I had children of my own.

However, this doesn’t mean that I magically turn into Alpha Mummy for the festive season.  Oh no, not at all.  Actually I feel more acutely Beta at this time of year than at any other, because I so badly want to be all gingerbread and Pinterest at Christmas!  But as per usual, Feral Children, time and energy levels are against me, and my vague notions of baking, crafting and scavenging for natural treasures with which to decorate the house fall rapidly by the wayside.

I have, however, managed to hoik the Christmas tree and decorations out of the loft today, on a cheeky day off work, whilst the kids are at school.  I shall assemble the tree (I always had a real one until I had cats and toddlers), and stash the pre-children glass decorations back in the loft, and then gleefully await the boys coming home to “help” me decorate it.  I can’t wait!  (She says – no doubt it will cause elevated blood pressure and a desperate thirst, in reality).


This is one task where I believe that perfection truly does not come in the form of symmetry and coordination.   Our tree will be brimming with tastelessness and over-toppling with enthusiasm.  Where the Christmas tree is concerned, I am more than happy to be a Beta Mummy!


Alpha Mummy decorates the tree:


Beta Mummy decorates throws random sparkly shit at the tree:


What do you think?  When it comes to decorating the tree, are you an Alpha Mummy or a Beta Mummy?  Let me know!


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  • chocolateandwineandillbefine 01/12/2016 at 4:25 pm

    Definitely beta mummy and proud. I don’t do coordinated trees, I do throw all of our totally (but obviously beautiful) decorations at it and then add tinsel. My husband hates the way I decorate the tree 🙂

    • Beta Mummy 01/12/2016 at 8:12 pm

      We decorated the tree today but it is decidedly lacking in tinsel! I may need to go shopping tomorrow… 😉

  • mummythought 01/12/2016 at 7:52 pm

    Definitely a Beta mummy when it comes to the tree, and proud. Our two girls (3 and 2yrs old) did it last year with us and we’re planning the same this year, too. So many people I have spoken to recently have said that they don’t know how we do it, they couldn’t cope and would have to do it all again when kids were asleep. I just think, it’s their tree as much as ours, and we had fun doing it. No, it’s not Pinterest ready but it’s ours, and we love it!
    Great article. ?

    • Beta Mummy 01/12/2016 at 8:11 pm

      Ahh I love it! We did our tree this afternoon and it was lovely. My big boy (4) was so chuffed with how it looks! I did rearrange a few bits, but it looks surprisingly good actually!

  • Nursery Whines 13/12/2016 at 7:11 pm

    i always much prefer a tree that actually looks like it has been decorated by a family than those bland symmetrical, matching ones. #chucklemums Happy Christmas

  • Cathy 21/12/2016 at 4:19 am

    Loving your blog – it’s absolutely hilarious!


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