30 New Christmas traditions for separated families

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This article about Christmas traditions for separated families was last updated in 2021.

Christmas traditions are a really important of part of the festivities for many families. So, if your family has recently separated and you are navigating your first Christmas as single parent, you may be feeling a little lost. 

Yet, rather than see it as a time of loss, why not spin it around and use your new-style Christmas to create wonderful new traditions that will set the scene for many happy Christmas’s to come?

For inspiration, here is our list of 30 new Christmas traditions for separated families.


  • Have a Christmas movie marathon
  • Read a special holiday book with the kids
  • Volunteer at the local soup kitchen or homeless shelter
  • Buy a real Christmas tree
  • Walk to see Christmas lights on local houses
  • Make Christmas gift baskets for the needy
  • Go to a pantomime or Christmas show
  • Do something nice for the neighbours
  • Surprise your friends with carolling!


  • Make a holiday playlist
  • Go to a tree lighting event
  • Go skating, ice skating or rollerskating
  • Write letters to Santa
  • Go to church
  • Dress up in coordinating Christmas outfits
  • Get family photos done by a professional photographer

Christmas traditions for separated families (cont.)

  • Decorate the house and yard a new way
  • Have an ugly Christmas sweater contest
  • Play fun Christmas games or board games
  • Watch the sunrise on Christmas Day
  • Make special food for Santa and his helpers
  • Have a Christmas treasure hunt
  • Adopt an animal

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Lucy Good

Lucy Good

Lucy Good has been a single mum since her girls were very young, and they are now in their teens . She co-parents one daughter and sole parents another. For this reason, she has experienced it all! She is often featured talking about single motherhood across the Beanstalk platforms and many forms of media.

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