What This Mom REALLY Wants For Christmas: 21 Things

For weeks now, my kids have been asking me what I want for Christmas. And I have said the thing that I am supposed to say, that I always say — I don’t need anything. I just want all of my children to be healthy and happy. It’s true. I don’t need anything. And I do want my children to be happy and healthy.

But they are good children, so no matter how often I say that I really don’t need anything, they will pool their money and buy me a new nightgown or bathrobe or a maybe well-intentioned kitchen gadget. And I’ll be grateful because I know they are buying me presents because they love me and want to show me that they care.

Christmas wrapping paper
What one mom wants for Christmas.

But here’s the thing. I’m lying. I don’t just want healthy, happy kids. Sure, that’s the most important thing, but there are a few other things that I desperately want. So maybe this year I will give my family my real Christmas list…

21 Things I REALLY Want for Christmas

1. I want a vehicle free of dead french fries and straw wrappers.

2. I want everyone to lick or wipe the peanut butter off the spoon before dropping it in the sink. Better yet, lick it off and drop it in the dishwasher.

3. I want never to open the cabinet and find a box with approximately two tablespoons of cereal left in it.

4. I want never to hear the word SHOTGUN! again.

5. I want all the socks in the whole world (or at least in my house) to find and keep their forever mates.

6. I want kitchen countertops free from crumbs.

7. I want to always be able to find a pen. And my scissors. And the duct tape. Seriously. Who keeps running off with the duct tape?

8. I want to stop pretending that the little flecks of green in the pasta are seasonings. It’s spinach, y’all. OK? It has always been spinach.

9. I want to sit down with my coffee or my computer or my book for more than five minutes at a time before someone says, “Hey Mama! Will you…”

Now, a perfect Christmas gift for parents of teens, The Grown and Flown book!  

grown and flown book

10. I want someone else to feed the dog. C’mon, that was the deal.

11. I want to stop repeating myself.

12. I want to stop repeating myself.

13. I want a TV show that comes on during primetime that I can watch with my whole family and that does not involve wildlife or wild lives or people wearing camo or having sex — and that will not be interrupted by commercials for tampons, erectile dysfunction or Victoria’s Secret.

14. I want to learn how to use the television remote control, and I want the kids to forget how to use the television remote control.

15. I want, just now and then, to arrive at church with a relaxed, well-dressed family at least 15 minutes early.

16. I want to pray more as a family.

17. I want to play more as a family.

18. I want to sit down to dinner more often.

19. I want to cook from scratch, and I want someone else to clean the kitchen.

20. I want more nights at home with my family and fewer nights all going in different directions.

21. I want to slow down time.

Obviously, some of the things on my list are within my family’s power to give me and some are not. But in the end, I know I will get a bathrobe or a nightgown or a kitchen gadget. And that’s OK. Because even though whatever I get might not come with a lifetime supply of spotless kitchens or perfectly matched socks, it will come with love. And besides, I really could use a new bathrobe.

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About Laura Hanby Hudgens

Laura Hanby Hudgens is a part-time high school teacher and a freelance writer living with her husband and children in the Arkansas Ozarks. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Grown and Flown, Parent.co and elsewhere. You can learn more about her at Charming Farming, where she occasionally blogs about faith, food, education, and family life.

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