Did you know that according to a recent poll, nearly a quarter of Americans reported feeling “extreme stress” during the holiday season with 69% of them stressed by the lack of time to do it all and 51% are feeling the “pressure to give or get gifts.”

This is the season of hope and joyous celebration. Yet, according to these statistics it more often is a time of great stress and anxiety.
This month on FamilyLife Today, Ron Deal, Executive Director of FamilyLife Blended joins Dennis Rainey to talk about the stress points that hamper our ability to enjoy this season–which are all the more amplified in a step-family. In studio with them are Bob and Vickie Maday who share the challenges they experienced in blending traditions within their own step-family. Be sure listeners tune in December 14-15. It may be the encouragement they need for themselves or to pass along to a loved one. (Ron Deal offers help and hope to step-families on a daily basis through his :60 feature. Contact me for more details.)

It’s easy for all of us, including me, to get caught up in the excitement and busyness of the Christmas season. If you’re looking for ways to help your listeners slow down and savor the true meaning of this special time of year, check out FamilyLife’s Guide to Christmas for articles, resources, and even broadcasts.

Thanks for all you do on behalf of FamilyLife. May God’s richest blessings be yours in the weeks and year to come!

Michelle Blood
Ambassador: We Connect. Ministry and Media.

P.S. Don’t forget to download the December promo pack to see what else is airing this month.