||[Nov. 5th, 2009|10:10 am]
I'm looking for some advice.
My in-laws are divorced, and this puts a huge strain on my wife during the holidays, but most notably Christmas. I'm not good at telling stories, but I'll do the best I can:
My in-laws divorced when my wife was 18 and starting college. She moved home to be around through it all to help support her dad and sister (her sister's 6 years younger than her). Ever since then, she's never had a "normal" Christmas, as I'm sure you all would expect. This is difficult on me because I don't fully understand. It's hard to get a feel for it because whenever I talk to my wife about it, she gets very emotional, which isn't at all surprising, which is why I'm coming to you.
Her dad and step-mom live about 15 minutes from us, while my parents and her mom live 45 minutes away (my parents and her mom live in the same town, about 5 minutes apart), so it both simplifies and complicates working Christmas.
I guess I'm wondering...what do YOU normally do for Christmas/how do you handle it? What am I missing with how she's been/being affected by the divorce? Any input would be greatly appreciated.