Peace and Marriage at Christmas

Christmas Stress

This is the season of “Peace on earth, good will toward men,” and “Silent night, holy night.” It’s when we prepare our hearts to remember God sending the gift of his Son, Jesus. It’s a time for family, gifts, and celebration.

Ironically, this is also the season that brings some of the greatest stress on a marriage. Bills mount up rapidly as presents, food and travel plans are purchased. Emotion-packed decisions are made about relatives. End of year deadlines loom at work. Serving at church increases with additional services. Parties fill the calendar.

It doesn’t take long for “Peace on earth” to look more likely January 1st than on December 25th.