Christmas can be a joy is time for a single parent, but it can also be a time of loneliness and regret. If you are coming off a recent breakup, you can look back at your year with regret and honest relationship.
Christmas is traditionally a time for family, and when your family has been torn apart it can be a painful experience. However it doesn’t have to be, because there are many things even as a single parent that you can draw from Christmas that will bring joy, peace and great satisfaction.
How to Enjoy Your Christmas as a Single Parent
If you have young children, Christmas is always a magical time. As a single parent, you have the opportunity to share this magical time on a close, one on one relationship with your child or children. This can begin when you start decorating the tree several weeks before Christmas, and continues right up to Christmas Day, when you’re young children can get up early and begin opening presents.
The night before Christmas can be made very special, and if you do not have a partner in your relationship you can experience the joys of “being Santa Claus”. In my family, the children leave milk and cookies out for Santa, and when we get up the next morning they will find the cookies gone and the milk drunk.
Kids love presents, and the prospect of Christmas will always begin early if they get the chance. Sleep in any other day but Christmas is a day for getting up early and watching the children open their presents. If you are lucky enough to have family present, such as your parents or aunts or uncles, make sure everyone is up for the opening of the presents.
Next comes the Christmas dinner, and as a single parent you have the opportunity of involving the children as you cook turkey, stuffing, potatoes and everything else that makes a Christmas Day lunch special. Make sure you prepare the days in advance, so that as your children help you with the Christmas lunch you were not panicked and stressed.
Later in the day the children may have to go to be with the other parent, so your task as a single parent is to make sure that their time with you on Christmas Day is not only fun but is also incredibly special. Remember, you are not trying to compete with your ex for the affections, but rather you were trying to allow your children to enjoy the excitement and beauty of Christmas morning.
And when you find yourself alone, do not descend into depression and loneliness but recognise that this is a special day, especially so for single parents. If the kids are with the ex, take the opportunity to visit someone and enjoy Christmas for yourself with people you love and care for.
Most Christmas see people getting depressed and down, especially if they are single parents, but I believe as a single parent you have a great opportunity to make this Christmas and every Christmas extra special for you and your family!