Fun Holiday Activities for Separated and Divorced Parents
Creating New Holiday Traditions with Your Kids
The holidays can be busy and stressful in normal circumstances, but figuring out how to navigate the holidays if you’re going through a divorce may seem overwhelming. We’ve put together a list of festive - and budget friendly - activities to do with your kids. Print it out and keep it handy as a go to reference. Embrace the opportunity to create new family traditions!
Give yourself permission to let go of holiday traditions that no longer serve your family - especially those which create a lot of work or strain the budget. Your kids will be excited and enthusiastic to try something new, and staying busy with fun, family activities will help keep the mood light and relaxed.
20 holiday activities to do with your kids
Host a cookie decorating party
Start a cookie exchange
Take a first annual holiday pajama photo
Make salt dough ornaments
Write a letter to a soldier overseas
Make your door into a snowman
Volunteer in your community
Walk/Drive to see holiday decorations
Cut out paper snowflakes
Make New Year’s cards and send out
Write a letter to yourself to be opened next year
Try a holiday recipe from a different country
Print a stack of festive coloring and activities
Have a Christmas movie marathon
Hunt for new books at a used book store
Create an upbeat holiday playlist
Attend family holiday events in your community
Gather friends and go caroling
Have a slumber party around the Christmas tree
Get your kids involved in planning holiday activities. Letting them be part of the decision making process will give them a small bit of control in their world, which may feel especially chaotic during a divorce.
Be flexible and open to your holidays looking a little different this year. Things are different. But the holidays can still be fun and festive.
Enjoy your time with your kids by staying busy with special holiday activities. You got this!