Creating a joyous, stress free holiday season

Most people get excited when the holidays are approaching. Even though 2020 is considered a stressful and un-peaceful time, we can all still create new holiday traditions, while still holding on to the old ones. Although we may have to do things a little differently this year, we want everyone to enjoy this time.

The mistletoe berry has been a tradition during the fall holiday season for as many centuries as you can go back. It has been told that it represents fertility, love, romance, peace, friendship and health. Why? Because when most trees are barren and dead for the winter season, the mistletoe thrives in the cold, winter weather with beautiful green leaves and bright, cheery berries. These berries grow throughout the winter and can only grow when attached to a tree. They cannot grow on their own. So, we kiss under the tree to represent love, peace, fertility, romance, friendship and health with the one we love. Just like there are things that help grow our happiness and joy during this season, we equate it with the berry.

During this Christmas season we see lots of bright lights twinkling and red ribbons and bows and green garland and Christmas trees. They all represent life. Things that are alive. Just like our savior Jesus Christ. That’s what the season is truly all about. And He brings us new life every day.

So how can we bring new life to this holiday season and our marriages. We have come up with five ways to have a M.E.R.R.Y. Marriage during the holidays.

M. MAKE TIME. Make time for each other, your family, your friends and the things you enjoy doing for the holidays. They can be things such as drinking hot chocolate or hot cider beside a warm fire together. It could be you and the kids making a gingerbread house or stringing popcorn for the tree. You could do a Secret Santa gift exchange with your extended family or your friends (there are many online sites that you can use). This is what my family and I have decided to do and we are doing it with a group of our very close friends. I can not wait to see what Santa sends me through the mail this year!!