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3 Things That Cause Husbands Holiday Stress


We went straight to the men for this one.  Here are the 3 things men say stress them out about the holidays.

1. Spending too much money.  If your husband is like most men, he probably thinks the kids have too many toys anyway.  And buying more presents and adding to the credit card bill is the last thing he wants.  So come together on a gift budget this year…and stick with it!

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2. Your stress.  Let’s face it.  Most wives carry the burden for Christmas when it comes to gift giving, parties, meals, in-law reconciliation, etc.  And this can cause stress.  Which can cause you to be short with your husband.  Which causes him stress, and the vicious cycle spins out of control.  This year, focus on an area you have been traditionally responsible for and “outsource” it.  For example, buy a turkey or ham already pre-cooked so that’s one less thing you have to stress about and one less factor to contribute to marital conflict.

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3. Put up and Take down.  Some men get really irritated at having to spend entire afternoons unwinding strands of Christmas lights or hunting down the ornaments they forgot they packed away in the corner of the attic.  Consider only putting up 50% of what you did last year to cut down on the workload and frustration.  And use that extra time to go out and do something fun as a couple.

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