Dear Mikey,

Every year after Christmas, my wife insists that we leave the tree up for a few more weeks and it drives me nuts. I try to explain to her that it is not as special to leave all of the decorations up well after the holidays, but she disagrees. We go back and forth about this subject every year, and this year as expected, we got into yet another argument about this.

My wife knows I am writing to you about this and we would both like to know your opinion on this matter. Should we leave the tree and decorations up for a few more weeks or take it down right after the holiday is over?

— Marital Rivalry

Dear Marital Rivalry,

There is no wrong or right answer, as with marriage comes the lovely word of “compromise.”

If you don’t like having the tree and decorations up after the Christmas holiday, then perhaps you can compromise with your wife to put everything up earlier than you normally do before Christmas. This way she can enjoy it longer and it is still considered “special” because Christmas is still on its way, and your wife will compromise that as soon as Christmas is over you guys will take everything down.

Try the compromising route and you might have an argument-free holiday season next year.

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at

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