A New Christmas Tradition: “I call mistletoe.”

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“With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” 

Ephesians 4:2-3

Christmas is about a week away which means we’re on turbo mode as we try and grab the last presents on our list, get ready for the in-laws who are coming into town and preparing ourselves for days of back-to-back events. Among the chaos it’s easy to forget those around us. Especially our spouse. That’s why my husband, Steven, and I started a new tradition. Mistletoe.

I never grew up with mistletoe in my home. The only time I really saw it was in Christmas movies. Usually when a guy was trying to sneak a kiss from a girl he had a huge crush on. I started thinking about mistletoe and how it forces two people to kiss while standing underneath it.

That’s when I had the idea of bringing it into our home. With our busy schedules (I know for me) I get a one-tracked mind. When I have things to do I get so focused that I can blur out everything else around me. I’m embarrassed to admit, but sometimes I forget to stop and kiss my husband just because I can. So I wanted a reminder.

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I hung mistletoe around the busiest area in our home. It’s located between the kitchen and our door where we leave. Those are also the 2 out of the 3 main rooms we clean every day. So when we are busy cleaning the house or heading to work…we see a reminder to take a few extra moments to kiss.

Why? Because every day is a day we should be fighting for our marriages. Each day is filled with things to get done and the daily routines. But they’re never as important as the one God chose for me to do life with. I already don’t get to spend a lot of time with my husband throughout the week so I want every second to count when I am with him.

It’s also a great way to get over an argument. If you find you and your spouse disagreeing about something then one of you can call “mistletoe.” In our house that means you have to stop arguing, kiss each other and mean it. No quick pecks on the lips while still harnessing an attitude. It needs to be a genuine kiss.

Ironically enough, my husband already does this to me. Mostly when I am cleaning the house. I tend to turn in a raging monster. So he usually stops me and kisses and hugs me until I calm down and smile. It never fails, I walk away giggling and thanking Steven for making me relax. I never want to get too busy to forget to kiss my husband. Especially during the holidays.

What do you think about this tradition?

What are some traditions you and your spouse have to keep you close during hectic times?

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