By Robin Delaney, Ph.D.
I can almost hear the Christmas carols. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Is it? Are the Hallmark movies a true depiction of the holiday season? We are supposed to be thankful for all of our blessings while happily making a turkey dinner and then moving on to celebrating our Savior’s birth while joyfully decorating the perfectly shaped Christmas tree and wrapping presents with the perfect paper and a matching bow. Then reality sinks in. There is so much to do and so little time. There are a lot of expenses with traveling, hosting, buying presents for family, friends, teachers, and more. There can be added stress when there is tension with in-laws or extended family. Who should sit next to whom? What if someone brings up politics or…. religion? All of these physical, emotional, and financial stressors can cause high conflict in a marriage.Read More