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A Blended Families Holiday: The Survival Guide

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New (and Old) Traditions

One way to make a new stepfamily feel like a unit is to establish traditions together. To minimize tension, try to choose activities that don't conflict with any established traditions that your kid's accustomed to—such as helping dad find and chop down the perfect Douglas fir—or they might interpret the new activity as an effort to replace the old. Instead, think up new family-centric activities, such as trimming the tree together, baking cookies or other treats, and decorating gingerbread houses as a family.