We hope that you all had a great Christmas and New Year! The holiday season is often stressful, but did you know that it’s also the catalyst for a yearly September baby boom?

It’s often wryly observed that birth rates peak in September, with many studies citing seasonal changes in human biology to explain this post-holiday “baby boom.” But new research from scientists at Indiana University and the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in Portugal finds that spikes in pregnancies are actually rooted in society, not biology.

“We observe that Christmas and Eid-Al-Fitr are characterized by distinct collective moods that correlate with increased fertility,” Rocha said. “Perhaps people feel a greater motivation to grow their families during holidays when the emphasis is on love and gift-giving to children. The Christmas season is also associated with stories about the baby Jesus and holy family, which may put people in a loving, happy, ‘family mood.'”

Sexy Corte and I have been on a roll this holiday season — I hate to brag, but during vacation we had sex seven times in 72 hours! She actually had to beg off from having another orgasm because her legs were getting sore. (Ok, so maybe I like to brag a little.) We’re not having any more babies, but being in close proximity for days at a time still seems to rev our engines. (It’s also worth noting that we had a pretty good fight, too — which is also pretty common for couples over the holidays)

I’m sure we weren’t the only ones having great sex over the holidays — what about you? Any sexual accomplishments you’d like to brag about? You can’t share with your “real friends”, but you can share with your pseudonymous internet buddies!

They say that whatever you do on New Year’s Eve you’ll repeat every day for the next year. So what are you plans for today? Sure, there’s all sorts of busyness and partying to do, but how about with your spouse?

Sexy Corte and I have a few things planned:

  • Run and lift weights.
  • Spend some one-on-one time with each kid.
  • Check out a new grocery store (so exciting!).
  • But the real fun begins after the kids are in bed…
  • Eat steaks and drink wine.
  • Talk about our goals for 2016.
  • Make love in a new-ish way for us: doggy style using a wand vibrator.
  • And probably play board games together. Yeah, we’re that awesome!

So what are your plans for today? Happy New Year!

The holidays can be extremely stressful (gifts, family, travel, memories…), so we’d like to encourage you to manage your stress by keeping things simple. You don’t have to live up to everyone else’s expectations for Christmas! Most of the stress is self-imposed by things you “have to do” — but many of those things are completely optional. For example, Sexy Corte and I decided long ago that we aren’t going to send out a thousand Christmas cards to everyone we know. Pick a few traditions you want for your family and prioritize those, then let go of the rest.

When you simplify a bit, you’ll have more energy and sanity to enjoy the time with your family, kids, and spouse, as well as to meditate on the True Meaning of Christmas. Remember that Jesus didn’t come to earth just to be a baby, he came to die on the cross for the sins of mankind and then come back to life to conquer death for all eternity.

May you all have a joyful and simple Christmas!

If you know of something else I need to link to, leave a comment or shoot me a message!

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Clitoral Slapping — This is new to us. Try it and let us know what you think!

Slippery When Wet: Lubricant Review, and More Lubricants — Lubes for every situation.

Is Your Husband the Sexiest Man Alive? — Your spouse is your standard of beauty.

Bow-Dazzle! — My favorite holiday sex tip? Christmas elf lingerie.