13 Silliest Reasons Couples Argue During Holidays

13 Silliest Reasons Couples Argue During Holidays

Some silly aspects of the holidays can really bring out the worst in couples.


By: Lorraine Allen

The holidays might be the merriest time for some, but they can also bring out the worst in couples. There are trips to plan, families to host, gifts to buy, and decorations to hang. And entire families cooped up together for long periods of time creates perfect conditions for petty arguments. Here, 13 moms share the silly things they argue about with their spouses over the holidays.

1. “When to hang the lights outside our home. Yup. It’s an annual issue.” -- Amanda, mom of three, New York

2. “What kind of lights to put up. I like colored, flashing lights. He likes white, dull, matte lights.” -- Veronica, mom of two, New Jersey

3. “Who to invite. We can’t fit everyone in both our families. We can’t travel for various reasons. So it’s always really awkward deciding who to invite. Or not.” -- Sarah, mom of three, New York

4. “We argue about the main holiday meal. We come from different cultures, and have very different holiday memories. We try to alternate year to year but we’re not always home, so the alternating gets messed up. It’s silly. It’s just food, but it feels important.” -- Eva, mom of two, Connecticut

5. “The family holiday photo. It’s always the biggest drama, I don’t know why. He thinks he’s the only one who knows how to use a camera, but then none of the pictures come out well! And everyone’s upset.” -- Zoe, mom of two, Montreal

6. “Our annual New Year’s Eve plans. Ever since we’ve become parents, it seems like we have very different ideas of how to spend it: He wants to go out all night and party like it’s 1989, and I want to spend it with the kids, even if they might be fast asleep (I want to sleep!)” -- Sasha, mom of twins, Vermont

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7. “Both our parents are divorced and remarried, so we have four sets of grandparents to visit with the kids, and we always end up rushing from place to place, arguing about how much time we spend where. It’s exhausting.” -- Kristin, mom of two, California

8. “Where to put the tree. Endless source of disagreement.” -- Maya, mom of one (and one on the way), Maine

9. “We argue about who is going to take which days off of work during the holidays. It’s complicated with three kids and two jobs.” -- Blake, mom of three, California

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10. “What to do with our kids. They have so much free time during the holidays, it’s hard to juggle all their needs and get everything else done.” -- Emily, mom of two, Washington, D.C.

11. “How to decorate. We have different religions, even though we don’t follow one belief or the other all that much. It’s not an issue except when it come to decorating for the holidays.” -- Amy, mom of one, New York

12. “How much to spend on gifts, and how many, whom to get gifts for. My husband’s so generous, and that’s great, but I don't like waking up broke the first day of each new year!” -- Victoria, mom of two, Connecticut

13. “We argue about dumb things all day long over the holidays, like the dishes. Cabin fever sets in, and any little thing causes disagreements. We try to get out as much as possible. Together, and alone -- just to stay sane.” -- Susan, mom of two, New Jersey

What do you and your spouse argue about during the holidays?


Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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