Do you remember what Christmas was like when you were a kid? I remember it being truly magical. From the gifts to the lights to the magic of Santa and flying reindeer, it was certainly something that I looked forward to each year.
Now, as a parent, I play a huge part in creating that magic for my own kids. The magic I experience comes from seeing the awe and wonder in my children’s eyes when they tell Santa what they want for Christmas, ask how reindeer fly, and see the gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.
If you’re a parent, you probably know that saying “it’s not always easy” is a huge understatement. It can be downright difficult for parents to pull off a magical family Christmas each and every year. From assembling toys late into the night on Christmas Eve to waking up way too early on Christmas morning, the struggle is real.
What would we do without coffee…and wine?
On December 15th, Saturday Night Live was hosted by Matt Damon, and one of the sketches showed exactly what Christmas looks like for parents. I mean, exactly. Like, you might wonder if they have cameras in your home watching you; it’s so realistic.
The sketch starts on Christmas night when the festivities are over and the kids are in bed. Damon and SNL cast member Cecily Strong, play the parents. They’re sitting on the couch together sipping wine while they reminisce about the day.
The sketch starts with Strong asking Damon’s character, “Did you have a Merry Christmas?”
Damon answers, “Are you kidding me? That was the best Christmas ever.”
The sketch progresses by Damon and Strong asking each other questions about Christmas and then smash cutting to a flashback from earlier on Christmas that shows what really happened. The contrast between what they say and what really happened is hysterical…because it’s so true.
For example, Strong says, “Dana loves her playhouse. You weren’t up too late building it, were you?”
Then we see a flashback of Damon remembering his experience trying to build the playhouse. He’s holding the instructions in one hand while, in frustration, he kicks the half-built playhouse to pieces. We’ve so been there.
Yet, Damon responds to Strong, “It was a breeze.”
Watch the full skit below and enjoy a well-deserved laugh. Parents, we’re creating holiday magic. It’s not always easy, but as the text says at the end of the video, “Even when it’s the worst, it’s the best.”
Did you LOL too? What’s your worst, best Christmas memory?