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Friday, April 9, 2010

Holiday helpers

What a beautiful weekend in DC - cherry blossoms blooming, sun shining, slight breeze, and plenty of out of towners here in DC to enjoy the Easter weekend. While some of us were able to spend time with family and friends, others were far, far away.  Here on some tips from employees and family members about celebrating holidays together when physically apart:

Celebrate the holidays both together and apart and look at it as an opportunity to celebrate twice.  "When my husband was home in the late fall, we celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years - on separatte days of course!  How did we pull off Santa arriving early?  That was a bit tricky but we just told the children that Santa knew Dad was going to be away so he came to our house early just for us.  We also celebrated my son's summer birthday a few weeks early before Dad's departure and also made time for Mother's and Father's Day.  By pre-celebrating the holidays - even if the actual day of felt a little emplty - we knew that we already celebrated together." 

Make a special trip before the employee leaves.  "We went to Disneyland with the kids before my wife left and did this in part because we knew we wouldn't be to spend many holidays together."

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