baking and decorating and all the other activities making this the most wonderful time of year -- for everyone else.
This time, they will take it easy. This time, they will seek pleasure, not perfection. And this time, they will be drunk.
Like in the first "Bad Moms," released in 2016, the scenes of mom-driven debauchery in the holiday sequel are played for their shock value. We, the audience, are meant to be equal parts astonished and amused by the sight of three moms turning an ordinarily feminine and organized activity -- such as going to the grocery store or shopping mall -- into a Bacchanalia.
With the charisma and comedic chops of these actresses, these scenes are quite funny. But surprising? Not really.
Moms drinking alcohol has become a staple of popular culture in the past decade. Two other films, "Girls Trip" and "Fun Mom Dinner," feature moms getting trashed. A mom death-gripping a glass of wine is now a feature on television shows such as "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town."
Real moms are also increasingly knocking one back, according the latest research. And marketers are cashing in with special "mommy juice" wine glassesand wine, a board game and a festival. Large Facebook groups, online quizzes and "wine mom" memes give the impression that they are part of a sizable demographic.
According to a number of mothers, and going by the way moms drinking wine is portrayed in popular culture, "wine moms" -- as these women are colloquially known -- tend to drink for two reasons.
For some, it is an act of easily accessible self-care, a chance to consume a little "liquid patience"after being tried and tested by unwieldy children.
For others, a drink is a way to rebel against a culture in which good parenting is synonymous with self-abnegation. A glass of wine -- or, better, getting drunk -- is a symbolic "nay" to the world of highly curated birthday parties, extended breastfeeding or extracurricular-filled afternoons followed by homemade organic dinners.
Either way, the wine mom is a buzz kill. Forget bread and roses -- a political slogan popularized by early 20th century, and mostly female, labor activists -- these wine moms want bread and rosé, sustenance and joy, as interpreted by parents in the "Sex and the City" generation.
The problem is that when they can't get the bread -- because we live in a society that fails to adequately provide mothers and care workers with the dignity they're long overdue, in both the public and private spheres -- the rosé is there to help them forget.
This played out in the first "Bad Moms," in which alcohol was ultimately a self-administered consolation prize for failing, at a macro level, to make the world more hospitable to mothers and caregivers. And it's playing out among real-life wine moms, who are so entrenched in the "all-in" culture of motherhood that they feel driven or compelled to partake in a perfectly normal adult behavior, such as drinking, within the context of "mommy."
Mother needs something today to calm her down
And though she's not really ill
There's a little yellow pill
She goes running for the shelter of a mother's little helper
-- The Rolling Stones, "Mother's Little Helper"