Once the kids go to bed, take some time (at least 30 minutes) to reconnect. You might be tempted to turn on the TV and sit in silence as you decompress from the busy day, but resist the urge to get sucked into a cheesy Christmas movie. Use your evening time to sit by the fire, get caught up on each other's lives (not just how many gifts there are still to buy or how to tell great Aunt Greta she can't spend New Year's Eve with you). The more you can feel connected, the easier it will be to get through the holidays sans stress and without fighting.
Whether you have a pile of presents to wrap or a holiday menu to plan, do it as a team. But don't just grumble through your chores. Instead, open a bottle of wine and turn it into quality time you get to spend together. You might not get much time for romance, which is why we suggest taking full advantage of the time you do have together. Light some candles, turn on some carols and sip your wine as you figure out what to make for Christmas dinner or sort through the pile of gifts to make sure you haven't missed anyone.
Chances are even if you don't think you have time for holiday alone time you should be able to squeeze in one date night. Pick an evening where you know you don't have events to go to or host, mark it on the calendar, book a babysitter and enjoy yourselves. Go somewhere you've been dying to try or a favorite restaurant you haven't been to in a while. The evening out will refresh you and help you get through the rest of the holiday season with renewed energy.
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