• 12 Things My Marriage Wants for Christmas

    Originally posted by at  and the  P2C | FamilyLife December newsletter


    I’d always heard older and wiser mothers talk about the stress of the season and discuss ways to pare it down, relax more, and really enjoy the holiday moments, but I never really knew what they were talking about until this year.


    It took my kids getting a bit older (they’re 6, 4, 2, and 4 months) and having more work obligations before I experienced my first truly stressful holiday season. With the crazy expenses of Christmas presents, the decision-making at every turn (Elf or no Elf? Santa as a magical figure or the stuff of nightmares? Diet after New Years or now?), and trying to stop my children from turning into spoiled little brats, I haven’t felt super jolly this month.


    And intermixed somewhere in all that holiday cheer and mistletoe is something else that’s crying out for attention — my marriage.


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