Surviving the Holidays

In past years, the Christmas holiday season may have been a time of great anticipation and excitement … but this year, the prospect of facing the holidays without your mate may cause anxiety and dread.

You are not alone.

Here you can connect with support, encouragement and advice to survive the holidays. This site helps you:

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Featured Articles

Happy Single Holiday

The holidays can be difficult, and even painful—especially when we desire to spend them with someone special. The temptation to feel incomplete, discouraged or even depressed can be overwhelming.

Celebrating Christmas in Single Parent Homes

This article will spark your imagination and hopefully touch your heart as to what your role is in your own single parent home and in the lives of many of your single parent friends and their children.

When You Dread the Holidays

Having gone through divorce herself, this author shares healthy ways she has discovered for single people to cope with the apprehension of the looming holidays.

Walking Through the Holidays

Asking yourself the questions in this article can help you to identify and face the specific feelings and concerns you have about the coming holidays.

Survival Tips for Handling the Holidays

Practical ideas for surviving the deep loneliness and pain you may be experiencing this holiday season.

Preparing for Christmas … after Separation or Divorce

Take care of yourself physically … celebrate Christmas in a simple manner … serve others in need … Connect with a DivorceCare group.

The Wind Chime That Changed Christmas

For this single parent family it was the first Christmas without the other parent. How could a wind chime make a difference? Read about how it changed this family’s time together.

Give It All to Jesus, Even Those We Love

After a divorce, many times we tend to focus on the negative. We can become overburdened with sadness, hurt, bitterness, and grief. This article gives practical advice on how you can give these burdens to Jesus and accept His comfort.

Reasons Why Children Get Angry During the Holidays

This article explains ways children may express their anger during the holidays and provides tips on helping children deal with anger, reducing a child’s frustrations during the holidays and teaching your children about situations they get angry about.

Helping Children of Divorce Through the Holidays

Linda Ranson Jacobs, one of our Surviving the Holidays video experts, shares wise and practical advice on how to help your children through the holidays.

Holiday Hopes for Reconciliation

We asked our Surviving the Holidays video experts to share their insights about visions of reconciliation over the holidays.