HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) _ A man has been charged with stabbing his 84-year-old wife with a butcher knife and hitting her three times in the head with a hammer because she was ``not in the Christmas spirit'' and wanted to die.

William Fagyas, 82, was charged Monday with attempted murder and battery on his wife, Eleanor, at the couple's home 20 miles southeast of Chicago.

After the alleged assault on Friday, Fagyas stuck the knife into his own chest before calling police.

Mrs. Fagyas was in fair condition today at St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center in Hammond. Fagyas was released from the hospital Monday.

Police Detective Thomas Textor said Fagyas had told him he tried to kill his wife ``because she told him she wanted to die, she was not in the Christmas spirit and he could no longer go on like this.''

Lt. Richard Hoyda said the couple had been preparing to move to a retirement home, ``and they were both very tired'' from the stress of packing.