Domestic Violence does not take a back seat during the holidays. If anything it gets worse. As Thanksgiving has passed us by so quickly and December has arrived, the stakes in a domestic violence relationship have been raised. December brings the excitement of winter as well as the joys of Christmas. But unfortunately the stresses in many homes escalate. If there is a shortage on finances, the tension grows stronger. The kids are out of school half of the month, so food expenses go up and the house is louder, even during the daytime hours. Most utility bills will sky rocket because of the weather. A time that should be full of laughter and celebration instead is full of stress, worry and hightened tensions of how to maintain the basic daily needs of the home.
Even with the tree decorated and stockings hung, the risk of an outburst looms just around the corner. While many are wrapping gifts and baking sweet treats, others are instead walking on egg shells waiting for the inevitable to happen. Sadly for these homes the holidays bring sadness instead of cheer, sorrow instead of joy, weeping instead of laughter, or the scent of fear instead of the aroma of delicious food. So during this holiday season, greet others with a warm smile and spread the Christmas cheer! This may be just what they need to help endure the pressures of another holiday season.