Spending the actual holiday together may be a lofting goal and one that can be achieved in the long run. (Weddings and holidays in our extended family often include some ex-spouses.) But it can be a little much when feelings are still raw or when spending time with new partners is too uncomfortable. Spending the holidays apart is probably better than spending them together and fighting. Something that might be easier to pull off and without discomfort or spite is a holiday outing on neutral ground. Woodlawn Park Zoo's Wild Lights Festival would be a good option for such an outing. Relatively short in duration, festive, fun, lots of distracting things to look at and do so less pressure for chit chat than a dinner, and not so family focuses that in-laws and new partners would feel slighted to be left out.
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