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Holidays After Divorce: 5 Articles You Need to Read

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Survive the Holidays After Divorce with these 5 Articles

The holidays after a divorce or separation can place tremendous emotional strain on the best of us.

Now that you and your ex have parted ways, the holiday parties and family gatherings you have been celebrating for years as a couple suddenly seem daunting and complicated. Who gets to go to which parties? How do you “share custody” of friendships? What do you say when someone asks why your better half is no longer at your side? It’s enough to make an already emotionally fraught season barely tolerable.

But fear not. Celebrating the holidays alone can be a great joy, but it requires good planning, a positive attitude and most importantly, realistic expectations.

That’s why we have put together this round-up. It’s everything you need to know to survive the holidays after divorce.

Start Your Happy Holidays by Reading from the Articles Below!

21 Tips to Survive Divorce and the Holidays

Article by Dr. Karen Finn for Life After Divorce

The holidays are typically a time for celebration with friends and family. Yet, when you’re divorcing, the holiday season can feel anything but merry. To help you enjoy this holiday season instead of dreading it, here are 21 tips you can use today to survive your divorce and the holidays.

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Holiday Survival Guide for Divorced Parents

Article by Katia Hetter for CNN

Whether you have the children for Christmas or not this year, going through a separation or divorce means giving up the dream of a perfect Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa. With the fantasy of the perfect nuclear family obviously over, it can be lonely even with the kids — but much worse without them. Facing the first holiday since the split, how do people ever survive this holiday season? And eventually even thrive?

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The Coping Divorce Tool You’ll Need for the Holidays

Article by Andra Brosh, PhD for

If your marriage is on the rocks or recently ended, you haven’t had time to ground yourself in your own holiday experience. This may be one year that feels more about survival than celebration. It may help to reduce self-imposed expectations that this be the “the best one ever” or that you should feel responsible for making it perfect for those around you. You don’t need to feel guilty or obligated in any way. If you had experienced some other trauma, you would give yourself the break you deserve without question. As hard as this time will be, there is one crucial coping tool that you can use all through the holidays that will ease your struggle and reduce stress.

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Tips for Men: Dealing with Divorce During the Holidays

Article by Amber Steiss Rechner for Dad’s Divorce

Divorce is not easy at any time of the year. However, it can become especially difficult when dealing with the stress of the holidays on top of it. Here are five divorce tips for men that may make navigating divorce during the holidays more sensible and more survivable.

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Putting Children First: The Best Gift Divorced Parents can Give Their Children this Holiday Season

Article by Randi Rubin for The Huffington Post

Holidays can be stressful for everyone, but for children of divorced or separated parents, the holidays can be especially challenging. Despite this reality, divorced parents (as well as parents that are separated and considering divorce) can ease the tension, maintain their sanity and grace and create happy holiday memories for their children and themselves for years to come. The opportunity to create a positive out of what is often viewed as a negative depends on the divorced parents’ ability to plan ahead and the level of conflict between them. Where parental or custodial conflict exists, courts — as opposed to the parents — often end up deciding how children will spend their holidays. However, there are many ways divorced or separated parents can handle custody during the holidays.

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So, there you have it.

Our top 5 Articles to help you Survive the Holidays after Divorce. We hope you enjoyed them and that they helped you at least a little bit.

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