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This Party Tip submitted by DebbieJ - Dec 15th, 2008

    • Blended Family Holidays

    • We all have memories of the holidays – some good, some not so good. But, the traditions and sameness of the holidays every year are the thread of life and stability that we all need. For Blended Families a holiday can be a reminder and a stark reminder for some of a fraying thread and nothing solid to hang on to.

      But it doesn’t have to be that way. And in fact, the holidays can be the time where the traditions evolve and new ones start, and the family ties that come from those times will be reinforced throughout the year.

      Here are some suggestions for creating a less stressful holiday event:

      • First of all this is not a competition to see which parent can give their child (ren) the best holiday or best gifts.
      • If the kids are older, ask them what their favorite memories of Christmas are and try to incorporate a couple.
      • Also, depending on the situation, keep it simple if there isn’t much time and the kids are going from house to house.
      • Mother’s are usually the ones who carry on the traditions and make them happen. Father’s are sometimes along for the ride. Father’s need to step up to the plate now. A step-mother is not the mother. Children need their Dad’s to lead the way.
      • Making holiday crafts, tree decoration, easter eggs, gifts, baking. Anything you do together where time stops and new memories and closer bonds are made to build upon throughout the coming year.

      And hey, some years are disasters even in the closest of families. But there is always next year to try again.

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