"When you and your spouse are at one another’s throats because you have to put on a false smile for your in-laws who you swear have it out for you,” Maestas contends, "you are sacrificing the health of the one you were intended to cling to for the family that you were intended to separate from after you said, ‘I do.’"
Instead, let your whole year be Christmas. Demonstrate that you love your extended family in all seasons, so that they know missing one holiday dinner isn’t a reflection of how much you truly love them. Don’t try to fit a year’s worth of love and connection into one single day.
Instead, Maestas encourages you to honor God and cleave to your own family this year.
"Take it slow. Simply do your best to love and serve those around you without allowing pressure or obligation to consume you.”
"And most importantly, spread true joy and the love of Jesus with those you come across. It might even be a lot easier this time around because you’ll be rested enough to do so."
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