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How do recently divorced couples make it through the holidays?

The holiday season is a time of happiness and joy for many Americans. But, for Americans who have recently been involved in a divorce or are in the middle of a divorce, the holidays may bring out the worst of emotions. During these times, it is important to take a step back and recognize that divorce is only a step towards a future of happier days ahead.

By reflecting on the current situation, those Virginia residents going through a divorce can make an effort to take specific actions to make their holiday season more joyous. While many involved in a divorce may long for the old days of happier times with a happy family, the current holiday season presents an opportunity to begin new traditions.

If you have children from the previous relationship, try new things with them. Take them skiing or sleigh-riding or ice skating. Engage in some charity work, which not only helps the community, but gives children the opportunity to experience and understand the importance of helping others. If you are alone, consider taking up a new hobby that you enjoy to pass the time and keep your mind at ease.

Divorce isn't always an easy or painless process. While going through a divorce, it is not uncommon for someone to let their emotions get the best of them, which could lead to irrational behavior and decisions that are not in the person's best interest. As you go through a divorce, it is important to make certain that your best interests and the interests of your children are front and center.

Source: Huffington Post, "Yule Be Okay! Navigating The Holidays After A Divorce,", Sandra Vischer, Nov. 18, 2016

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