I've had a permit for years but only in the last year have I made a habit of regularly carrying. My wife has been at best neutral about it while tending tease, saying that it seems 'redneck' to go around 'packing', but overall she is tolerant. We've had good discussions.
On Christmas day we drove out, with our kids, to her parents in the country. About 5 miles from the house we were passed by a state trooper with lights flashing, then another......then another. We turned off onto another road and got passed by two high-speed county mounties. At our next turn, one mile from the house a stater was pulled off, carefully watching passing cars. Half mile from the house at another intersection was still another. At grandma's house two more LEO vehicles cruised by on the country road.
We arrived and had a great family Christmas get together. Nothing happened and we never did find out what all the police activity was about.
Driving home I asked her if she felt better about the fact that I was carrying while we were in her parent's little house in the woods with all the LEO activity nearby and she said, "I guess this is what you've been talking about why you carry."
Yes, no crazed axe-murderer crashed our Christmas, but I felt better for the Ruger alongside me that nobody but my wife and I knew about, and I think she felt better, too.