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The first holiday season after divorce might be rough, plan now

The holiday season is fast approaching. If you are going through a divorce, you need to start making plans for the holidays. This is especially true if you always spent the holidays with your ex or your ex's family.

It is all too easy to decide that the holidays are just too stressful and that you are going to stay home. This is likely one of the worst things that you can do. Instead, you should find something to do to celebrate the day. This might be visiting your family members or heading out to a party with friends. Now is the time for you to start enjoying your new, single life.

If you have children, you should figure out how you are going to share the children for the holidays. This might be a challenge, but you should do what you can to make sure that the children will have the chance to make memories with both sides of the family. Ultimately, the children should remain the focus of this aspect of holiday planning.

Another thing for you to consider is that trying to continue with certain traditions for the holidays might bring up painful memories for you. It might seem like a good idea to continue going to the Christmas event at a favorite venue, but you might not really enjoy it now. Plus, there is a chance that you will run into your ex.

Make sure that you take some time to yourself during the holiday season. Don't allow yourself to get stressed as this can make all of the negative emotions feel much worse.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Tips to Celebrating Your First Holidays After a Divorce," John F. Martoccio, accessed Sep. 06, 2017

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