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10 Unexpected reasons why holidays are better with kids

Bethany Ramos is an editor, blogger, and chick lit author. Bethany works as Editor in Chief for Naturally Healthy Publications.

Unbelievable advantages of being a parent during the holiday season

Everyone knows that it's great to have kids around Christmastime — presents, Santa, magic, the whole nine yards. But what about the rest of the holiday season? Kids aren't the stressful time-suck they are often rumored to be.

Sure, holidays are magical through the eyes of a child and watching your kid believe in Santa is delightful, but I'm talking about another depth of holiday fun. Specifically — exploiting your kids for your gain and eating all their candy.

There are 10 surprising benefits to having kids during the holidays.

1. Get out of unnecessary obligations

Unbelievable advantages of being a parent during the holiday season

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"Sorry, mom friend, but I can't go to your holiday-themed Scentsy party because my kid has the death plague coming out both ends. You know how it is."

2. Use them as a decoy for annoying relatives

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Shove your baby into the arms of your hard-of-hearing Aunt Mildred to avoid a shouting match about the price of green beans these days.

3. Use them to avoid conversational landmines

Unbelievable advantages of being a parent during the holiday season

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The bait-and-switch goes a little something like this: As soon as a well-meaning relative predictably brings up Obama or airport security, you pinch your son on the leg and politely ask him to count to 10, just like you practiced at home.

4. Stage an early exit

Unbelievable advantages of being a parent during the holiday season

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Having kids gives you the carte blanche at any holiday gathering — if you're bored, tired, sleepy, irritable or any other emotion you can think of, blame it on your kid and hightail it out of there.

5. Eat the cookies and milk

Unbelievable advantages of being a parent during the holiday season

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Forget the charm of a young child waiting up for Santa — it's now your job as a parent to eat the cookies and milk left out on Christmas Eve. Take one for the team.

6. Eat all the Christmas candy

Unbelievable advantages of being a parent during the holiday season

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Stuff their stockings full of festive chocolates and eat everything they don't finish as soon as they go to bed. Just like baby Jesus, you're laying down your life to protect your kids from cavities.

7. Finish their holiday meal

Unbelievable advantages of being a parent during the holiday season

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Your picky toddler doesn't like turkey and dressing? It's your lucky day. If you haven't caught on yet, the only bonus in your parenting employment package involves eating.

8. Watch 24/7 Christmas movies

Unbelievable advantages of being a parent during the holiday season

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If you've ever needed a good reason to veg out and watch Christmas movies all day long, just chalk it up to educating your kids on the classics.

9. Go shopping for toys

Unbelievable advantages of being a parent during the holiday season

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Don't forget to make a list of all the toys your parents never bought you to buy for your own kid as retribution (ahem, Power Wheels).

10. Go to bed early

Unbelievable advantages of being a parent during the holiday season

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Long gone are the days of drinking spiked 'nog into the wee hours. Kids are going to be clawing at your door to open presents at 5 a.m. No one will judge you for tapping out before 9.

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