Whether it’s spoken or not, some parents resent not having their children on Christmas morning or Christmas Eve when it is not their parenting time. If children are young, it’s easy to get around this because kids aren’t usually monitoring the calendar. One divorced nurse always held Christmas morning the first day the kids were on Christmas vacation if it wasn’t “her Christmas” to have them. The kids believed Santa spread Christmas out for the week so he could be sure to make it to all the homes.
When it comes to having or not having the children on the exact day of the holiday, it’s usually the parents that care more about the calendar page than the kids. Christmas on the 24th or 26th is no less special to the kids than Christmas on the 25th. They only want to wake up to Christmas.
The holidays are a season, not just a day. If the adults don’t belittle an alternate Christmas Day, neither will the kids. From a kids perspective, two Christmases are better than one. Don’t forget to involve the grandparents as well in the alternate day and get them on board with making the day and visit special for the children. As children age and come to understand the calendar days, they’ll probably already be accustomed to the two Christmases tradition.
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