How do you manage holidays when you are alone??

Lisa - posted on 04/04/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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This year my hubby couldn't get home for Easter... and one of the thing I find hardest is managing holidays alone..... I am interested in other people tips/ survival stratagies to manage this stuff....

We continue with our normal tradition, and try to use things like Skype so my hubby can at least get a taste of what is going on....

Hubby also trys to do something special for the kids if he knows he is going to be away.... that means alot to the kids....

I always end up feeling a little sad and lonely, holidays should be family time, and is one of the times I hate being on my own.

This is probably one of the things I dislike the most about him travelling.....

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Barbara - posted on 04/26/2010

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I love that idea! My hubby has missed many holidays but I never thought of celebrating the holiday when he was home. I'm going to put that into play next time!

Anonymous For Safety - posted on 04/08/2010

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With family living in several states, one thing that has helped us is to take the emphasis off of the acutal holiday itself. Really, if you think about it, it's just another day, and only has the power we give it right? So why not celebrate the holiday on a day when you can all be together...even if it is a month later? The last several years, we have celebrated Christmas in January, even Februray the last couple of years. You could even have a mini-celebration of something untraditional on the actual holiday...for example, the kids love to go camping, so go camping on Easter and then celebrate with the big meal and easter egg hunting when dad gets back into town. That way, holidays themselves can be something to look forward to, while still having the traditional celebration with everyone at a later date. The first couple of times you do this, it may feel unorthodox, but the more you do it, you really will realize that it is not as horrible as it could be. I hope this may help you. I know it is difficult not having your family together on holidays. Believe me...I have had my share of this too.

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