To those that celebrate this American holiday, Happy Thanksgiving. As more holidays start rolling in before the year is out, you may find yourself in a sticky situation. Celebrating the holidays after divorce is a very different picture, but it is important to remember that your kids have one family. Houston Divorce Now wants to shed some light on tips for this holiday season.
Looking at Things in a Different Light
As stated above, your children only have one family. Even though you and your ex-spouse are separated, it is important to look at the holidays as a way to connect the family as one. Your husband may no longer be your husband, but he would still be the father of your children. While COVID-19 changes this holiday season, hopefully the future holidays after this will not be impacted as heavily. This year, instead of having a big family gathering, maybe try:
You can get the family together virtually without the risk of spreading COVID-19. You can virtually play games online with each other, chat, and even just sit back and hang out with the feeling that the rest of the family is with you. Seriously consider this alternative for this year’s holiday events.
Sharing is Caring
Along with trying to stay together as one family, you may want to share other things as well. Sharing the idea of planning gifts together is a great plan. This will help to make sure your children to not get duplicate gifts, and you may be able to pair together to buy a more expensive item. This will also help with the children not thinking that one parent is a better gift giver than the other. You want to have an even playing field when it comes to parenting.
If you are not comfortable sharing the holiday together, you may want to share the
holiday so both you and your ex get to spend time with the children. This may be under different circumstances due to the pandemic, but normally this is a great plan.
Most importantly, remember these things:
Family is Forever
These are what brings family together for the holidays and makes the spirit of the holidays stay alive. Make the most out of your situation.