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If you are newly separated, divorced or in the process, you’re probably already worried about, or even dreading, the holidays. Everything gets complicated. You may be sad and overwhelmed and exhausted already, but more than ever, you want to make the Holidays special.

All of the Winter Holidays are going to be different. You may be with your children for only half of the day, or splitting up the whole school break.  Divorce and CoVid restrictions could mean that you will be with just a few friends or even alone on a holiday.

Plan now and make your holidays good and fun and more meaningful than ever.  Try completely new ways to celebrate!  Find ways to incorporate old traditions to fit your new situation. 

For when your kids may be with your ex on your special Holiday…

Pamper Yourself –  Soothing lavender with a touch of basil and rosemary combine in a rich lotion, shower gel, and body butter plus bath salts, eye mask, pumice stone and mesh sponge complete the luxury package.  A spa gift sure to make you feel relaxed, refreshed and loved. ($69.99, 1800baskets)

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For when you don’t know what to do about Holiday cards this year …

Think Outside the Box – Send New Year’s Cards! – Everyone is ready to celebrate a New Year!  I particularly like the one that says “Good Riddance to 2020” … or “Cheers to New Beginnings and Great Adventures in 2021.”  Choose a picture that makes you smile and encourages others. (~$2.09 ea, Shutterfly)

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For when you want a ready-made feast … traditional or something new!

Enjoy delicious time together! –  Surprise your family or let them help decide … traditional holiday fare or something totally new … seafood, Italian, rustic pot pies, turkey, ham, prime rib, etc.  Whatever you decide, have fun enjoying each other instead of cooking!  ($30+, Harry & David)

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For when you want to make a positive difference in our world …

Plant a tree –  Buy a tree in honor of someone else or buy a seedling for everyone on your list! Each tree you purchase also donates a tree to be planted where it’s needed after the fires this year. Celebrate a loved one or a pet and replant a forest for the good of all!  ($32.00, Arbor Day Foundation)

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For when you want to make something fun and delicious …

Start Building Memories – The “Wilson Build It Yourself Mini Village Gingerbread Decorating Kit.” One of the “Top 10 Gingerbread House kits,” this kit provides family fun and everything you need to build & decorate four small holiday houses.  ($38.07, Amazon)

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For when you want a simple, heartwarming Christmas book to read aloud and share…

Choose a meaningful, easy-to-read classic – You will fall in love with this delightful story, especially this year!  I bought every family in my extended family a copy to read aloud at Christmas.  Beautifully written & illustrated and keeps the attention of little ones too! ($8.95, Amazon)

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For when you want to give a lasting, unique, gift this year …

Bonsai! – Start a fun, lifelong hobby with the ancient art of bonsai.  This one-of-a-kind gift can be addictive and inspires the wonder of a living tree that can be decades old and still fit on a coffee table!  A great conversation piece!  (From $24.95, Bonsai Boy)

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