With Thanksgiving just days away and then Christmas and Hanukkah shortly thereafter, those going through a divorce or recently divorced often feel the added stress related to the holiday season, especially if you have kids. Questions will arise surrounding scheduling and where you will spend the holiday season and with who. Here are some tips for getting through the holiday season gracefully and hopefully with less stress.
Holidays and Divorce: Tips for Surviving in Jefferson County
Be Flexible: Being flexible and having an open mind are vital when it comes to scheduling for the holidays. You may need to be okay with celebrating on a different day. This will not detract from or lessen your celebrations; it will just modify them a bit. Include extended family, if possible. The point of the holidays is to spend time together – it the long run it won’t matter which day that celebration happened.
- Create new holiday traditions: One of the best parts about starting fresh is that you get to make new decisions. Start some new traditions that will continue on with you and your family to mark this new start. You don’t want to dwell on old traditions if they are going to bring sadness during this time. Even just switching up the order or timing of things can make a huge difference in your celebration and emotions.
Be careful with your words: During this time, when stress can be heightened, be careful about what you say to your ex or family and how you say it. Dwelling on or talking about your divorce can bring the mood down. Try and stay positive. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. It’s best to try and keep the peace.
- Hire an Arvada divorce attorney to help you: Divorce proceedings are extremely stressful. Having an experienced divorce attorney on your side can relieve a lot of that stress and take some of the pressures off your plate. Let your attorney do all the hard work – leaving you with more time to enjoy your family during the holiday season.