Pick an old or new classic, grab some popcorn, and gather around to enjoy a Christmas movie together. We watched my all-time favorite "White Christmas". I still remember the first time I saw it on our family black and white TV and seeing Bing sing "White Christmas" for the first time.
Psychologists say that we each need at least ten hugs a day. Intentionally take time to hug your wife and children multiple times each day, before you go to work and when you get home.
Affection with no ulterior motive is important to keep our marriage healthy and romance kindled.
Men tend to shut down or run when things get challenging. Confrontations or intense emotions are sometimes hard for us to process. This week focus on building bridges instead of putting up walls when faced with difficult situations in our marriage.
The next time your wife gets emotional instead of running away build a bridge, reach out and pull her close. If she needs to confront you about something, instead of getting defensive take time to talk through the issue. Tearing down walls and building bridges is a key to building a healthy marriage.
The family that prays together, stays together. God's desire is to be the center of our marriage and family. When everything is going well, we should praise Him. When things are tough, we should run to Him. When we need direction, we should seek Him.
Take time this week to pray with your wife each day for your marriage and children. The more time we spend together in prayer, the stronger our relationship will grow with each other and with God.
The kitchen is the center of many of the family's activities. Ask your wife if there are any changes she would like to make to the kitchen. Maybe she needs a new small appliance, some organization, cleaning, or even a small remodeling project.
We just moved and have spent a lot of time organizing the kitchen and pantry. Take time this week to start on improving the kitchen and show your wife that you value her and want to help make her life better.
Take time this week to stop and enjoy the world around you. Find something beautiful, take a picture and send it to your wife. Let her know how it reminds you of her. For bonus points, repeat several times throughout the week.
Spending time together as a whole family is important to build unity and bonding. One easy way is to set aside nights to read together. Reading aloud a classic family book is an old school way to help get everyone on the same page. Discussing the story line and lessons that can apply to real life are great ways to instill character.