I don’t know for sure what holidays are like at your house, but if they resemble holidays at my house, and most houses in the U.S., women do almost all of the holiday preparation: decorating, gift buying and wrapping, invitations, neighborhood and church activities, cooking, cooking, more cooking, and cleaning.

Holidays are moments in the year when women, specifically, have extra responsibilities.  I distinctly remember my own beloved step-mother telling me that she just wanted everyone to have a nice Thanksgiving.  And she would work herself silly to do and have all the right things so that everyone else would have a good time.  Multiple this by 10 at Christmas.

This ad was sent in by Jessica E. and Jessica S.  It reminded me of the crazy workload that accompanies holidays for women:

Picture_1Alone with all the responsibility of making a holiday for everyone else, the woman manages to mobilize technology and extra arms to make it happen.

The text reads: “When you need a hand with holiday entertaining.”  But apparently those extra hands do not include kids and adult men (of course, those can’t be sold, so why would Bed, Bath, and Beyond bother).

Anyhoo, give your mom a hand this holiday season.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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