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3 Major Family Changes That Don’t Have to Ruin the Holidays

Holidays are time to relax, have fun and make wonderful memories with your loved ones. While many holidays may beautifully fall in line with your family’s normal traditions, some years are more stressful and unique than others. In fact, when your family has recently gone through a major change or is currently in the midst of a stressful event, you may wonder how you can possibly pull off a great holiday experience. These are some of the more common stressful experiences that families may have to deal with and great ways to enjoy the holidays despite them.

Moving to a New City

If you have recently moved to a new city or if you are preparing to move close to the holidays, you may feel as though your entire family routine and lifestyle is in a state of upheaval. However, keep in mind that your family likely has holiday traditions that have nothing to do with the house that you live in. For example, decorating the tree and making cookies are common traditions. Keep these traditions in your new house, and consider exploring some holiday festivities in your now town this season as well. If you’re worried that the move itself will get in the way, consider hiring a company like Price’s Removals that can do it for you so you have more time to spend with your family.

The Parents’ Divorce

During a divorce, it can seem like the entire family is being ripped apart, and kids and parents alike may not know what to expect over the holidays. Trying to keep as many traditions as possible is important, but keep in mind that the future in both parents’ new houses will likely be permanently changed. Therefore, talk to everyone about establishing new traditions or slightly changing some established traditions so that they conform to your new living situation.

A Major Injury or Illness

When one or more family members is seriously injured or ill, a dismal cloud may fall on the family. However, this cloud is entirely based on how you look at the circumstances. Talk to everyone about being thankful for being able to spend the holiday together as a family, and follow as many regular traditions as possible. To avoid making anyone feel left out, you may not want to proceed with traditions that everyone cannot participate in.

Many changes that your family may experience from year to year are relatively minor, and the holidays can be enjoyed as usual. However, when major life events like these occur, same changes or modifications are in order. If your family is experiencing or has recently experienced any of these changes, follow these helpful tips to create a happy, memorable holiday season.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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