Our Holiday Traditions

Instructions:  Find a quiet time that is good for both of you, and a place to sit and talk where you will not be disturbed.  Take a minute or two before you begin to sit together quietly and remind yourselves of how precious your relationship is.  Take turns completing the following sentences.  The listener should listen quietly (mirroring if you know how) before sharing your own answers Then gently ask “is there more” until your partner has shared all that they wish to.

What I loved about this holiday as a child

(If relevant) What was difficult or painful for me about this holiday when I was a child

What I love about how we have celebrated this holiday in the past

One worry I have about the holidays this year

One way I’m hoping we can support each other this year

One thing you can do support me this year is

One thing I can imagine doing to support you this year

My dream for the holidays this year is

Thank you for listening

 Please share your thoughts and experiences with this dialogue i the space below.  Your feedback is important to me.

Posted by Laura

Laura Marshall, LCSW, is the founder and director of the Sagebrush Center for Relationship Therapy. Her experience spans thirty years of supporting couples and individuals to create healthy and meaningful lives and relationships. She is also adjunct faculty for the New Mexico Highlands School of Social Work. She lives with her husband Steve and five sons in Farmington, New Mexico.

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