If you were to go out to a busy shopping center and start asking people â€œWhat is Christmas all aboutâ€ you might get a number of different answers. Some of them might tell you â€œThe presents!â€ Especially perhaps the younger kids. Others, more wizened by the years would respond, â€œFamily!â€ While others would give various answers, and I’ve heard them all from, â€œMaking moneyâ€ – you’d hear people in retail say that. Or they’d respond with some mixture of: Christmas is all about love and world peace; Snowmen, Santa-Claus, reindeer and sleigh bells; warm fireplaces, credit card bills, shameless extravagance or clearing a spot in the children’s room to make way for the new dump truck full of toys coming in from Grandma and Grandpa.
If you were a counselor in the following situation – what would you're advice be? Say a man comes into your office and says, "I've been married for two years to a woman who has nine children. Her kids do not respect me or my children, and neither does she even seem to trust me. Every move I make she second guesses and every decision – she reverses. Doc I'm this close to leaving, what should I do?"