10 Tips to improve your Christmas post divorce, is something I think will help anyone coping with co-parenting issues over the holidays. One of the most difficult times of the year for divorced and broken families is undoubtedly the Christmas Season. Especially the first couple of years when it is a time for re-building and transitioning the new family unit. What makes this even harder is having to let go of old traditions. Also, Christmas memories from before the divorce are still raw. Due to these changes in family dynamics, the holidays become a challenge and a tug of war between households. Neither Mom nor Dad want to be alone during this time and the children inevitably get caught in the middle. Continue reading “10 Tips to Improve Your Post Divorce Christmas”
The C word is back. Are you ready? I’m not. At. All. So, I thought a Christmas Prep roundup would be just the thing for us today. Let’s get inspired, started or finished with Holiday preparations. Usually by this time in December, I’ve done some shopping, wrapping and have the tree Continue reading “The Christmas Prep Roundup”
“Christmas time is here…beauty everywhere…” the classic Christmas carol from a Charlie Brown Christmas always takes me back to my childhood. I remember my Grade 1 Christmas concert. It was my very first experience on a stage. My nose bled right before we walked on stage. The teacher told me it happened because I was so excited.
We sang “Oh Tannenbaum”. Our grade 1 class practiced for what seemed like months but it was probably only a week or two. I wondered why we couldn’t just sing Oh Christmas Tree instead. I mean that was the song I knew all the words to…not Oh Tannenbaum.
I asked Santa that year for a red wagon. I wanted one so bad I dreamed of it. I fantasized about putting all of my friends (stuffed animals) in it and taking them out for a walk to the park. I might even be able to talk my older brother into pulling me in it. It would Continue reading “The Wine Diaries-Dear Santa…”
The big ‘C’ is almost here. Instead of getting all anxious and thinking about what could possibly go wrong (presents aren’t wrapped, Santa forgot something or someone, the stockings aren’t full enough etc.) I’m going to be grateful. Gratitude is something I’ve been Continue reading “I’m Grateful In Spite Of the C Word”
It’s right around the corner—the C word. When I think of it, the Jaws soundtrack plays in my head. The dread. The fear. The money spent. The pressure to buy the best gifts ever and on a budget—seems impossible. Well, I have a few ideas and tips for you. The best way to give gifts and save money is to make them. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to do it either. First, I’m sharing some of my favorite recipes with you and then I will offer a few money saving tips for the season. Continue reading “An Inexpensive Christmas for the Single Mom”
Speaking of perfection…do you fear your Christmas won’t be up to snuff? Your gifts will be all ‘wrong’, your meal burnt? Well, join the club. Even though I’m almost finished my shopping, I still wonder if I bought enough and if everyone will be satisfied. Has my love been adequately expressed through carefully wrapped gifts? Nevertheless I’ve given much thought to who’s been naughty and who’s been nice! Continue reading “On the 12th Day of Christmas”
As we draw closer to the Christmas, we may face disappointments and revisit old ways of thinking. We may re-hash the ghosts of Christmas Past and that’s bound to bring up sad emotions. It’s okay to have these feelings as long as we can pull ourselves out of them. It’s Continue reading “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”
One of the most difficult times of the year for divorced and broken families is undoubtedly the Christmas Season. Especially the first couple of years when it is a time for re-building and transitioning the new family unit. Continue reading “Blue Christmas”
With Christmas around the corner we’re starting to make lists of who’s naughty and who’s nice. It got me to thinking about some of the depressing gifts I received from well meaning friends and family following my divorce. One that stands out is the Continue reading “Christmas Gifts to Avoid for the Divorcee”
One of the most difficult times of the year for divorced and broken families is undoubtedly the Christmas Season. Especially the first couple of years when it is a time for re-building and transitioning the new family unit. Continue reading “Blue Christmas?”