Thoughts on Christmas Chaos and Marriage

by mike on December 26, 2011

Mandy and I were laying there the night of Christmas after 3 days straight of mass chaos.  As we were falling asleep, she looked at me and said “thanks for all of your help with everything”.  Another reason to smile as I drifted off to sleep.

We have always been good about not making a huge, dramatic deal about the holidays.  I don’t mean we’re not festive and don’t get into it.  I am speaking more from the perspective of having to figure out where to go, when to go, who to please, etc.  We have just always kind of gone with the flow and it has worked out.  Celebrating the birth of Christ is something that should simply just be, well, celebrated.

So many get caught up in running around, trying to make everyone else happy, that no one ends up having fun.  Husband and wife are yelling at each other, kids are non-stop crying and the adults are snapping at each other.  It pains me to think of how many husbands and wives laid their head down to sleep late Christmas Eve not even speaking to each other because of all the drama.  It makes me feel extremely blessed to have a marriage that involves working together to accomplish things.  Does that mean everything goes perfect and we never get a little snippy with each other?  Absolutely not.  But we do know that we are on the same team and that counts for a lot.

That is my challenge to you, this day after Christmas.  Reflect and think about how you and your spouse did this Christmas.  Did your actions enhance your marriage and the Christmas experience or did they detract from it?  Your challenge and mine is to continue to strengthen our marriage bond this coming year.  May next year’s Christmas season be the best one yet.

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