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There is no right or wrong way to handle the holidays - plan ahead.
Handle the holidays the best you can and observe them in ways which are comfortable to you. Well-meaning friends and family often try to suggest what is good for you during the holidays. Instead of going along with their plans, focus on what you want to do. Sit down with your family (include the children) and/or friends and be honest with each other about your feelings and decide what you want to do for the holidays. Do not set expectations too high. Once you have made decisions on the role you and your family will play during the holidays, let relatives and friends know. Decide which family traditions you want to continue and which new ones you would like to begin. Only make changes that feel comfortable to you.
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