Monday, February 29, 2016

Cutting Back on Christmas Decorations

Feb. 29, 2016

Dear Cathy:

My wife drives me crazy every year with all these Christmas decorations. It’s not just the tree and stockings in the living room, but she is not happy until there is Christmas towels and Christmas soap in the bathroom and even another tree and other holiday decorations downstairs. It drives me nuts. I was raised differently, with just a tree and stockings and that’s it. What can I do to tone down Christmas? Christmas Decorations Everywhere, Indiana

Dear Christmas Decorations Everywhere:

Even though it’s past the Christmas season and this is still on your mind, shows that it’s a big problem on the arisen. Why don’t you sit down now and talk with your wife before she goes out and buy other Christmas decorations for the upcoming holiday season. 

See if she can meet you half way and maybe even compromise to alternate every other year with the decorations. I believe one Christmas tree would be fine but if you have grandchildren, the stockings over the fireplace is a must. Anything besides that can get to be a little overwhelming so just tell her how you feel.

You also might want to alternate the size of the tree. Every other year try to alternate the size of the tree from going to medium to small then medium again.

Your wife was obviously raised with other expectations about the holiday season than you were or maybe she had to do without these things and hoped to have all of these things around her during the holiday season so try to look at her point of view also.

Many people try to relive their pasts as they get older or what they missed as a child so again something more could be happening there so be patient with her and enjoy the season.

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