If you're newly separated or divorced, facing your first Christmas as a single parent is undoubtedly going to be a tough one. Christmas News feeds are full to the brim of perfect family time, adverts are promoting the 'perfect family' and the Christmas films on TV are on a continuous loop promoting happy ever after.
It may well be that you're facing the heart wrenching fact that you're not going to be waking up with your children on Christmas morning and spending what is billed to be the most magical family day of the year entirely on your own.
There's quite possibly going to be all those memories of Christmas's that were - perhaps happy memories, perhaps sad ones and the stark realisation that you are no longer a family unit.
Here's my top 3 tips to help you survive your first Christmas after Divorce....
1. Don't spend it alone
Re-enacting the scene from Bridget Jones (you know the one) isn't going to ease that heartache. Make sure that if you're going to be waking up on Christmas Day without your children, that you have plans in place to be somewhere where you'll be waking up with loved ones - family and friends will open you with open arms.
2. Money doesn't buy Love and Happiness
As tempting as it is, over compensating with money and presents isn't going to make your children feel anymore loved or make them feel happier. Try not to buy things to fill the void. As much as you can, make Christmas as 'normal' as possible.
3. It's OK to have Christmas on another day
Who says Christmas HAS to be celebrated on 25th? If you're not going to be spending Christmas Day with your children, celebrate it on a different day. Start this festive period as you mean to go on, create your own new traditions.
And remember, it's just one day.
Catherine Asta Labbett is a Psychotherapist + Success Coach supporting women on their journey to DISCO BALL Sparkle and is also the Director + Founder of Girl Tribe Gang.
Catherine works with women all over the UK and beyond in person and via Facetime/Skype from her clinic base in Yorkshire.
Recently featured on BBC Business, CNN Money and as an expert contributor in the Telegraph, Grazia, Female First, and BBC Radio