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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 14, 2008
    • This just rings so true, Janie.

      My husband and I are each other’s second spouses, and although we don’t have children together, we have them from the first time around.

      We are not friendly with Scott's ex-wife and her husband, so any events with his three adult children have to be handled lightly for all involved. And, since the current only grandchild is in that mix, it can get sticky to make it all happen without someone's feelings getting hurt.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Dec 14, 2008
    • Feathermaye - This marriage is also my second one.  No kids from my first, but I have two stepchildren.  The holidays can get complicated.  I hope you have a happy one!



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      Tinaf wrote Dec 14, 2008
    • Another great blog, Janie.  And it occurred to me that another positive attribute to these “step holidays” is early exposure to different customs and ways of celebrating.  So when they marry themselves, they are more open to their spouses’ families’ traditions.



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      Lindao wrote Dec 14, 2008
    • Another good post, Janie—one that generates a lot of thoughts.  It’s really interesting to see how different families cope with step-parents, step-siblings and all, especially around the holidays.  Fortunately, my sons don’t need to deal with that, but so many others in my family do.  And even in our immediate family, my relatives live in different locations from my husband’s, my kids live in different areas from us, and my older son just acquired inlaws, so we have to figure out when we’ll be visiting whom! —LindaO



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Dec 14, 2008
    • This one definitely hits home, Janie!!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Dec 14, 2008
    • Tina - You‘re right.  Our family celebrates both Hanukah and Christmas.  It can get crazy, but it’s always fun.

      Linda - Whever you are, I hope you have a wonderful Holiday season.

      Cindy - Thanks for your comment.  Happy Holidays.  

      Janie



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      Sylvia wrote Dec 14, 2008
    • How true - how true!!  When I had all the family dinners at
      my home everyone was there. It was a wonderful feeling with
      all the kids and all the relatives. But, time marches on.
      Now when the tradional dinners are held at my daughter’s
      or grandaughter’s - they have to plan when the little ones
      will be available. Divorce has made a difference. But,
      somehow it all works out and everyone has a great time.
      So happy holidays everyone.Enjoy! enjoy!
      Sylvia



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      Diane Klapper wrote Dec 14, 2008
    • Hi Janie,

      In my family we don’t have to divide it or multiply it we have no blended families.  Sometimes I wish we did so we’d have other people around to keep us from bickering with each other.  We‘re called the “BICKERSONS” by all that know us well and not so well.
      Your blog was grat as usual.



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      Sandyde wrote Dec 15, 2008
    • Great blog, Janie.  It’s so true too.  These days, Holiday dinners aren’t all about “family” anymore since there’s always someone there that I’m not related to...lol.  But, what the heck...the more the merrier! happy

      Sandy



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