Holidays are a mixed blessing.
Celebrating can be so sweet. The memories build so much good in our sense of family and belonging, but then there are also the difficult memories (that embarrassing Thanksgiving fight) and painful loses (this will be the first Christmas without grandma).
As the holidays approach, be aware of those days and seasons that are difficult for you and your husband. Talk about how you can navigate the difficulties and pray for healing. Don’t be afraid to adjust or say no to certain situations and generally simplify your holidays (both involvements and projects). Do what is good for the health of your marriage and family.
I’m reminding y’all of this early so that you can get a jump on this. Think it through and have a game plan in place before you get the invitations and deal with others’ expectations.
(One of my favorite traditions is to create a “we remember you” ornament for those loved ones who are now gone. Harvard Homemaker: 17 Ways Your Ornaments Can Bring Meaning to Your Tree)
Hot, Holy and Humorous: Using Your Body in Marital Intimacy: Your Hands Great practical how-to.
Happy Home Fairy: The Family Prayer Jar A fun way to introduce more prayer into your family life.