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Why is Christmas so hard on our marriage?
I love Christmas and look forward to it all year long, but then we inevitably end up arguing or at odds with each other. Ruins the Christmas spirit in our home. I don’t want it to be like this, so what can I do to help prevent those tensions and encourage more unity during the holiday season? ~ A Reader
Well, friend, please know that you are not alone in this. So many others have shared a very similar concern!
And there was a time when I too found the holidays very stressful on our marriage. It seemed that all the good things we’d built up over the year somehow crumbled come Christmas time.
But now after 24 holiday seasons together, I’ve come up with a better plan.
You might even call it a “strategy”.
A peace-keeping mission.
Because I want us to enjoy Christmas together. To celebrate as a couple. To bring that kind of “peace and joy” into our marriage that spills over to everyone else we’re around.
Something that better reflects the true spirit of Christmas, if you know what I mean.
So today I’m sharing 7 practical and concrete ways you can prepare your marriage for the coming season. It begins with that first disastrous Christmas when we were newly married. The mistakes made and the tears shed. And then the lessons learned from there…..
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**This is the LAST WEEK of Real Life with Lisa for now. I’ve enjoyed our conversations over the past few months and will look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!
Merry Christmas, my friends, and blessings on you and yours as you celebrate the birth of our Savior and King!
In His Grace,
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Lisa is the happily-ever-after wife of Matt Jacobson and together they enjoy raising and home-educating their 8 children in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She encourages women to embrace the rich life of loving relationships and the high calling of being a wife and mother. Lisa is the author of 100 Ways to Love Your Husband and her husband is the author of 100 Ways to Love Your Wife. Matt and Lisa are also the co-hosts of the FAITHFUL LIFE podcast where they talk about what it means to be a biblical Christian in marriage, parenting, church, and culture.