We all know the holidays are becoming a little more stressful than enjoyable. As a child it was probably the best day we may have dreamed of. It was a day spent with those we loved, opening gifts, and eating food. As we got older and we became the providers, things weren’t as easy as they once seemed.
The worse part of the holidays can actually be that family you never want to see. Now married with your own family, a given comes along “in-laws”. Technically Christmas is Jesus birthday, gifts are the tradition. After buying gifts for your children, husband, parents, and even coworkers, the obligation of getting something for his parents is toying with you.
Pleasing everyone isn’t a must. Out of respect you have been purchasing them a gift, but that’s taking the idea of Christmas away. When you give, it’s out of your genuine heart, which pleases you. Almost being forced to please your in-laws, it’s causing you to lose your holiday spirit.
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Coming to terms with reality will help, but it won’t be easy. You are not Santa Clause coming down any chimney with gifts. Speak to your spouse about things and do what you feel is right in your heart. You’re spending money on people that sometimes aren’t even grateful for the token during the holiday. The fact was you didn’t want to look bad to in your husband’s family’s eyes. With confidence and prayer, please those that matter to you, not because you have to.