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Thanksgiving is a Set-Up for Relationship Problems

Thanksgiving is a Set-Up for Relationship Problems

Relationship problems seem to get worse at Thanksgiving. I really believe it’s because our concept of Thanksgiving encourages us to have unreasonable expectations. There is a place in our brains labeled “Thanksgiving”. In it, there is a harvest table laden with a...
Best Tip for Celebrating the Holidays

Best Tip for Celebrating the Holidays

Let go of perfectionism! It’s perfectionism that is making the holidays so difficult. One of my favorite quotes is “Perfectionism is the enemy of the good.” When we want things to be perfect, we don’t get to enjoy the good that is already there. The good things in...
Why Do Marriage Problems Get Worse During the Holidays?

Why Do Marriage Problems Get Worse During the Holidays?

Problems always seem worse during the holidays. Marital problems seem especially difficult, because it seems like you could just decide to “get over” whatever is wrong and “be happy together” during the holidays. Anyway… what do you do if you’re in the middle of some...
How to Simplify the Holidays

How to Simplify the Holidays

I practice radical simplicity when it comes the holidays. One of the reasons I do this is because the holidays got very stressful at a certain time in my life.  But since I have simplified, I really do enjoy the holidays more. Simplifying for the holidays is a very...
Your Second Marriage and Holidays

Your Second Marriage and Holidays

If you are in a second marriage, holidays may present a major challenge. If there are children, there is the inevitable conflict over who will get the children for the special day. No one will be happy. Grandparents will complain. Someone will cry. Almost makes you...
How to Deal with Relationship Problems and the Holidays

How to Deal with Relationship Problems and the Holidays

You may have a hard time getting through the holidays without getting your feelings hurt or getting into a fight with your sweetie. When you are dating someone, you may be disappointed when you don’t celebrate the holidays in a special romantic way and/or if you don’t...