Merry Christmas! We hope this finds you enjoying the holiday season.

However, if you’re experiencing some holiday stress, it wouldn’t be surprising. We all do at one time or another.

Some of our biggest challenges have happened during the holiday season, and we had to learn how to handle the holidays well as a couple! That’s what this Double Date with Mark and Jill is all about!

AUDIO:

TRANSCRIPT:  Handling-The-Holidays-as-a-Couple.pdf

Talk About It:

  • Which traditions do we need to change or simplify? Which ones do we need to let go of?
  • Take the time to discuss your holiday (gifts to buy, wrap, food, donations, volunteering, etc) to do lists together. How can we merge our to do lists to be most effective during this holiday season?
  • What are our strengths? How can we both use our strengths well?
  • Are we making our immediate family a priority?
  • Is Jesus at the center of our holiday celebrations?

Think About It:

  • What unrealistic expectations do I have for the holidays that I need to let go of?
  • What do I need? How can I ask for it respectfully?
  • Which of the six gifts stands out the most?

Quotes and Notes:

Mark and Jill’s 6 Gifts for Handling the Holidays

  • Do a holiday tradition audit: Which traditions do we like? Which ones to we need to change or simplify? Are there any that we need to let go?
  • Let it snow–let it go: What unrealistic expectations do we have for the holiday season that we need to let go of? Are we trying to do too much?
  • Ask for what you need: What are my priorities? What are your priorities? How can we combine our lists and get things done?
  • Play to each of your strengths: Identify both of your strengths, and see how you can both use them to be most effective.
  • Make your allegiance to your immediate family: Make sure that your immediate family (you, your spouse, and kids that live at home) and their needs comes first over the extended family.
  • Keep Jesus at the center: Remember the true meaning of Christmas: to celebrate the birth of our Savior!