The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year but they can also be a challenging time for families, especially when there is an estranged child involved. It's easy to feel the weight of the situation and let it consume you, but it's important to remember that you can still enjoy the holidays and make the most of this special time of year.
  One of the most important things to keep in mind is to focus on the positive aspects of the holidays. Spend time with loved ones who are supportive and care about you. Surround yourself with people who bring you joy and make you feel good. Whether it’s friends or extended family, allow yourself to enjoy their company and be in the moment.
  If you’re missing the traditions of years past, allow yourself to create new traditions. Start a new holiday tradition that's special to you and those who are sharing life with you. This can be anything from a special holiday meal to a fun activity that you do every year. Creating new traditions can help you focus on the present and create positive memories.
  It's also important to take care of yourself during the holidays. Make sure to do things that make you happy. This can be anything from taking a relaxing bath to going for a walk or get in touch with someone and have a cup of tea. Taking care of yourself can help you feel more grounded and centered during a challenging time.
  Finally, it's important to remember that healing takes time. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to have everything figured out. Take things one day at a time and be patient with yourself. With time, you may find that your relationship with your estranged child improves, but even if it doesn't, you can still find joy and happiness during the holidays.


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