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The Real-Mom Holiday Wish List: 10 Things Every Mom Needs This Season

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Updated on Dec 28, 2012

While the general public gets to enjoy the holiday season with reckless abandon, real-life moms are often slower to celebrate. Sure, the holidays mean time with family friends, sampling treats and unwrapping gifts, but for that to happen, moms first have to drive to the family parties, bake the treats and wrap the gifts. It's safe to say that moms don't always get what they want for the holidays, especially if that wish is a nap and unchallenged control of the remote. Whether you're writing your own holiday wish list or thinking about what to get that mom who has everything, consider some of the priceless presents of the season for overworked, overtired moms.

Killer Family Recipes

Half the battle of cooking and baking during the holiday season is actually trying to think up what to make and then searching for the perfect recipe. If every mom had an arsenal of go-to family recipes that guaranteed her kids would actually eat, it'd relieve a lot of pressure—and a lot of leftovers. Grandma's sugar cookies and Uncle Ralph's bean dip would be easy peasy holiday staples to make it easier when you're totally kitchen bound.

A Family Movie Night

Whether you go out or stay in, Christmas movies are practically an American tradition. As an added bonus, they're one of the few holiday traditions that don't mean you also have to work yourself to the bone beforehand. Pop the popcorn, grab a blanket and talk your family into snuggling up while watching Elf, White Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and any other Christmas classics.

Caffeine

What's more festive than grocery shopping with a cup of Joe firmly glued to your hand? Hey, we won't judge; without coffee and cola, Santa might never even make it to town. And the best news comes from the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois: You can safely consume up to 300 milligrams of caffeine per day, so don't feel bad about starting the holidays with a generous cup of coffee—we'll drink to that!

Amazon Prime

We can't remember a world without online shopping and moms shouldn't have to either. A subscription to something like Amazon Prime doesn't only mean uber-simple present purchases, but free shipping as well. It's invaluable on a holiday wish list, especially when the alternative is facing the busy mall during crazy sales. Just make sure to use your subscription wisely and order ahead so you have plenty of time to receive your stuff.

Fat-Free, Calorie-Free Chocolate

The holidays equal stress, and for some, that means eating. If there were a way to make chocolate good for you, we'd be all in. Still, if you can't indulge during the holidays, when can you? That's what your January New Year's resolutions are for.

An Invite to a Grown-up Party

While there's nothing wrong with a soiree that features a kid's table, you need at least one night during the season where you get dressed up, do your hair and talk to adults all night long. When you attend a party sans kids, you can relax more and remember a little bit about your life before you had to clean up soda spills and spoon-feed your brood.

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