18 Dec A Divorced and Separated Guide to Surviving the Holidays
Newly divorced or separated couples have it tough during the Holidays, and every year they have to figure out how to negotiate Christmas from a different place. Although it can be really painful and sad, it can also be a time of new experiences and traditions. The first year can be the hardest because of the traditional Christmas morning. One parent might have the children that morning while the other has to wake up to an empty house. The best way to survive the Holiday season if you are new to this lifestyle is to plan, be deliberate, be intentional and embrace everything with open arms. Tammy Karas-Griggs knows how hard Holidays can be while undergoing a divorce and wants to share three tips for surviving this Christmas season.
Make a Plan
It’s always important to put your plans in motion by writing it down. For the holidays you should write down where you will, who you will be with, and what you will try to avoid thinking about. This will help you prepare yourself for what is ahead of you so that you aren’t overwhelmed once Christmas sneaks up on you.
Surround yourself with loved ones
If during the planning process you had no answer for who you will be with, then start trying to find somewhere to go and to surround yourself with loved ones. It may be beneficial to try and plan a dinner for others so that you have something to keep you busy. Giving is a big part of what makes Christmas special.
Make new traditions
Traditions are a big part of the Holidays, and it will feel liberating to start your own. Some parents take their children to a movie on Christmas day while others plan a road trip. In your plan you can write down new ideas for a new Holiday tradition and put it into action will give you a fresh, clean start.
If you are struggling and don’t know where to turn during this difficult time, Tammy Karas-Griggs is here to help you and your family not just during the Holiday season but all year-round.