When you’re divorced, or in the midst of finalizing a divorce, the holidays can feel somber rather than merry. Filling yourself with joy might seem impossible without a house full of excited kids to make you smile. But we have some great suggestions to keep the season special for both you and your children.
The holiday spirit is in the air, and there are plenty of cozy nights for fires, and multiple dates for early-morning gift-giving in December. The 25th is just another day on the calendar, so there’s no reason not to celebrate on a different day. Pick a date and plan ahead so that your kids can still open gifts with you, spend time with your family, and indulge in treats they love. We suggest celebrating before the 25th so when the day rolls around, you’ll feel like you aren’t missing out on anything. We bet your kids will be thrilled to celebrate two Christmases!
If you can’t help but let the exact date of Christmas hang over you, then a great option is distraction. Work on that home project you’ve been putting off or dive into a book on your reading list. If sticking around a quiet house won’t cut it, then take the full plunge and plan a trip. If you really want to get away from the reminders of winter, book something south of the equator. The seasons are flipped, so you can get a tan while sipping a piña colada on a sandy beach this Christmas. With that kind of distraction, you might not remember what day it is at all!
There once was a time when you celebrated Christmas before having children. What were your traditions then? Did you spend time with parents and siblings? Did you get together with friends for festivities imbibed with good times? Christmas without kids is a great chance to harken back to more care-free days. Do something you’ve always wanted to do on Christmas, but never had the opportunity to before having kids.