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17 Very Real Struggles Of Christmas With Divorced Parents

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2. Never mind the fact there's often step parents involved, which means you yourself have to buy twice as many gifts.

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Which also means twice as much wrapping, which is worth no amount of extra gifts.

4. Double the food sounds good on paper, but the post-Christmas weight gain… not so much.

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5. Your first Christmas after the break up is a little bit heartbreaking and kind of confusing.

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Your usual Christmas traditions kind of go out the window, and you're forced to adapt to a new way of doing things.

6. You never fully get used to celebrating Christmas on a random date in December.

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Chances are your parents live too far apart for you to easily spend time with both on Christmas Day itself, so you're forced to make do with celebrating Christmas on a day that, well, isn't Christmas.

7. And the whole run up to Christmas is awkward as fuck.

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As a child it can be one of the few times your parents communicate with each other and things can get real awkward, real fast.

8. Because it's a goddamn emotional tug of war, which both parents believe they're winning.

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And for the greater good, you have to make them both believe they're winning.

9. When you're a kid, you're at the mercy of your parent's power struggle over who gets you when over Christmas.

10. And Christmas doesn't get any easier when you're older and have to carefully create plans yourself.

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This time you're the one who's going to get blamed if your time isn't carefully divided between both parents.

11. Because if there's one thing you have to make sure of, it's that no side feels like you're paying the other side more attention.

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And God forbid they find out you spent more money on a gift to one than you did on the other.

12. Tension between parents is at an all time high and you're often the one stuck in the middle of it all.

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Listening to parents subtly, and often not-so-subtly, complain about the other can become a daily occurence in the run up to Christmas. You just have to keep your mouth shut and let them get it all out of their system.

13. Both parents inevitably end up asking what the other got you, which results in you having to downplay any excitement you may have over the gift.

15. Which is something that happens more often than it probably should.

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It turns out divorced parents aren't the best at coordinating gifts.

16. You're pretty much forced to become the adult of the family during the holiday period.

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When the adults are all behaving like children, you're forced to step up to the plate and make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

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