Most families have established various traditions they enjoy with their children during the holidays. Whether it's decorating the Christmas tree, drinking hot coco while singing a Thanksgiving hymn, or hunting for Easter eggs in the backyard, some of these holiday traditions will take on a different flavor when mom and dad are living apart. There's also the fact that the children will probably only get to spend each holiday with one parent at a time.
Because both parents will probably want to spend every holiday with their kids, the parents will have to arrive at some kind of agreement that involves splitting up the holidays. Here are a few ideas that might work for you and your family in this regard:
- Alternating holidays: If you spent Thanksgiving with your kids this year, next year, they'll spend it with the other parent. Parents often enjoy taking turns with the holidays like this.
- Divide each holiday fifty-fifty: If the parents live close enough to one another, it may be an easy enough solution to have the children spend half the day with one parent and half the day with the other parent.
- Duplicate the holidays: The parents might end up choosing another day when they'll celebrate Thanksgiving again. In these cases, the children will spend one Thanksgiving with one parent and another Thanksgiving with the other parent.
- Assigned holidays: Imagine your favorite holiday is Thanksgiving and your spouse's favorite is Christmas. It may be easy enough to simply assign each of these holidays to each other permanently.
As you can see, there are many solutions that can help parents share holiday time with their children. Although you and your spouse might want to employ a combination of the strategies above, you might also come up with your own creative solution to this issue.
Source: CustodyXChange, "Making Your Holiday Visitation Schedule," accessed June 01, 2018