Might not be the items you would expect, but here it is…

#1 Money  Has your husband given you a budget for Christmas gifts? Honor him by keeping to it. Want to go over? It would be good to run it by him first. #respectyourhusband (Ephesians 5:33)

#2 Christmas Cards  Lovely, but also time consuming. Maybe you don’t want to send them out this year, but your husband does? Or vice versa? Here’s a good example of where submitting in “everything” (Ephesians 5:24) could come in to play. #submission

#3 Real or Fake Christmas Tree  Do you and your husband have different takes on which is better? Here’s another example of where submitting in everything could be exercised. Or looking out for more than just your own personal interests (Philippians 2:3-4). #selfless

#4 Parties  Planning get-togethers around Christmas time can be tricky. If your husband likes to be in the loop or has preferences, remember to check with him before you invite people over or book time with others. #respectyourhusband

#5 Family  Does your husband want you both to visit his side of the family, but you’re sure that at least one of them doesn’t like you? And honestly, none of them have ever been very warm or welcoming? This could be another opportunity for submission – along with showing love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

#6 Food  All the delicious food for get-togethers and Christmas Day takes work and planning. Does your husband have favorites? Make sure they’re on the menu! #loveyourhusband (Titus 2:4)

#7 Mood and Attitude  Manage your time and energy so that you don’t get frazzled. A grumpy wife at Christmas (or anytime) can drain the joy out of the day. Pray and take care to have a good attitude and a gentle spirit (1 Peter 3:4).

#8 Witness and Holiness  Above all, walk as a child of Light (Ephesians 5:8). Seek to be pleasing to the Lord in everything. Let your light shine this Christmas before your husband and before everyone you see. #Christmaslist

I pray you have a wonderful Christmas season and a Merry Christmas!

Sharon Lareau

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