The holiday season can add a lot of stress to your marriage. Time and money pressures build up. Some relatives you may only have to deal with at this time of year. Your marriage at Christmas can experience plenty of pressure. And it can also be filled and renewed.
Everything in the commercial world is colored red and pink right now. “Love” is in the air. From the marketing messages you would think you’re heartless unless you shell out a bunch of cash for flowers, candy, cards, chocolate-covered strawberries, pajamas, and who knows what else. As with most holidays, retail has hijacked Valentine’s Day. But it does point out how important it is to put the fun back in your marriage.
There are many ways you could describe the one you’re married to. You might see them as your confidant, friend, provider, support, or lover. You might think of them as your project, problem, irritant-in-chief, enemy, or “thorn in the flesh.” What do you see in your spouse? How you look at them makes a difference.
Relationships can’t survive without communication. In marriage—the closest relationship on earth, communication breakdowns are both common and destructive. When asked, 70% of couples indicated they wanted better communication in their marriage. Are you one of them?