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Divorce During the Holiday Season

Updated: Jul 20

Divorce is never easy and divorcing during the holidays add an additional level of difficulty and meaning that should not be overlooked. Not just due to the immediate level of stress, but also due to the possible long-term side effects that may devastate the best of relationships with your children (if there’s children involved), extended family, and just the pressure from the holiday itself.


I’ll be the first to admit, adjusting to the holidays as a single person would be a bit of a challenge but wouldn’t be impossible to overcome. There would be a constant reminder that the end of the relationship does not cease simply because there is an upcoming holiday. This all part of the guilt phase that you go through when you are working through a divorce.


It is okay to take a positive approach and focus on what matters. Looking at the divorce as an opportunity, you can create new and meaningful traditions for yourself and your family by being proactive. Personally, changing my expectations would be a priority during this time, giving myself permission to enjoy the holiday anyway.


Remember, a divorce during the holidays does not mean that you are or must be alone or lonely. It is a critical time for you to spend time with family and friends. Spending time with your loved ones during the holidays would make this process easier to work through and you will realize that this period will eventually turn into a memory in due time.


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