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A Blended Families Holiday: The Survival Guide

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Respect Beliefs

Blended families sometimes mean the marriage of two belief systems, complete with their own customs, food, celebrations and traditions. If your new spouse is Jewish and you're a devout Catholic, find ways to incorporate traditional Hanukkah dishes, such as latkes and blintzes, into your Christmas dinner—and skip the honey-glazed ham. Incorporating new religious rituals into your tried and true traditions encourages kids to be open-minded and accepting of people who worship differently.