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For the last year and a half, Drew and I have been collecting our change in a couple of different piggy banks we keep in our bedroom. It wasn’t a conscious effort to save our change for so long — we’ve just been too lazy to turn it in for cash. But this week, Drew finally hauled two bags of change to the bank and was handed over $200 in cold hard cash. We decided to spend the money on a Christmas tree, brisket for a Hanukkah dinner (we celebrate both occasions in our family) and Chinese food on Christmas, and thus, a new tradition was born. Every year, we’re going to save our change until December and then put it toward various holiday-related treats.
This weekend, we’re going to buy said tree and decorate it. We’re also going to write and address our holiday cards — another first for us. Once you have a baby, it’s the law that you send out those photo holiday cards featuring the whole family, you see. Luckily, there isn’t much disagreement in our relationship when it comes to this kind of stuff. The biggest holiday “argument” we’ve had this year is whether to buy Jackson gifts. I say “no” (especially since my parents will already be getting him so much; they’ll be meeting him for the first time in just a few days!), but Drew thinks we should. Other than that, it’s pretty smooth sailing around here.
But a clip on the “Today Show” the other morning suggested that the holidays make couples bicker nonstop, from arguments over which family members to spend time with, to disappointments over the gifts they’re given. Add some strong egg nog into the mix and you’ve suddenly got a potential catastrophe on your hands. So, I’m wondering: if you’re in a relationship, what holiday-related issues are you having? Do you have recurring arguments you deal with year after year? And besides egg nog, what helps you survive holiday bickering?