- It's really fun to play Santa Claus after the kids are in bed and you can do whatever you want. You can even eat all the cookies yourself.
- Plan a little time for your own personal traditions: a glass of wine after the Santa work is done, a long-distance phone call to a special friend or cozy up in bed with a long-awaited book. You deserve it!
- Remember, a happy mother is the best Christmas memory you can give your children. It's really time for us, as single moms, to put a stop to the tradition of the stressed-out holiday.
- If you can share your family with those who don't have any, do. What a wonderful tradition to invite those folks who are new in town, are far from their relatives or have been recently uprooted from their homes to participate in the festivities at your place. It's a great lesson in sharing, for you and the kids.
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