Navigating holidays is one of the more difficult tasks a divorced parent has to take on. Where once the whole family enjoyed traditions together, now a single mom or dad has to create new ones with the children. Complicating matters, the children often have to divide their time between both parents.
But the most important thing is making sure the kids are happy. And this year, Heidi Klum isn’t going to let her split from Seal keep her from going all out for Leni, Henry, Johan and Lou.
“We’re going to stay [in L.A.], possibly,” she told reporters at a charity gala over the weekend (as reported by Us Weekly]. “We’re going to get a big Christmas tree and we might go to Disneyland. We go all over the place.”
The Project Runway host didn’t mention whether her ex would be joining them for Christmas. Their relationship has been chilly ever since Seal made pointed comments about Heidi’s relationship with bodyguard Martin Kirsten. But the couple are on speaking terms, which is all the better for their kids.
Other famous parents have taken their own approaches to the holidays after divorcing. Some stayed close to home, while others traveled. One celeb mom spent Christmas solo, another with a costar pal, and yet another celebrated new beginnings.
Who are they? Find out here!
Courteney Cox: With her best Friend 1 of 6Newly separated from now-ex-husband David Arquette in 2010, Courtney turned to her best friend for comfort. She and daughter Coco spent Christmas that year with Jennifer Aniston. A source said, "They celebrated Christmas with each other and just focused on making things special for Coco."
Demi Moore: Blue (in) Hawaii 2 of 6Despondent over her abrupt divorce from Ashton Kutcher, the mom of three opted to spend last Christmas by herself in Hawaii. A source said, "She just wants to live in a bikini and a caftan and not have to worry about putting her makeup on every day." Hopefully her holidays this year will be happier.
Source: Famecrawler via Grazia.
Kate Gosselin: A split decision 3 of 6Their once-hostile divorce now more amicable, Jon and Kate worked out a reasonable compromise last year: Their eight kids spent Christmas Eve with their mom, then went to their dad's on Christmas Day. A source says, "Everyone is pretty happy with the arrangement."
Elin Nordegren: No place like homeland 4 of 6Elin split from husband Tiger Woods in 2009 amid rumors of his infidelity. Perhaps trying to distance herself from the turmoil, she and children Sam and Charlie spent her first two post-divorce Christmases with family in Sweden.
Source: Huffington Post.
Jennifer Lopez: Miami heat 5 of 6J. Lo has been virtually inseparable from boyfriend Casper Smart since they began dating last fall. Last December, she took him to an "American Idol" dinner, and they were seen out and about in Miami all through the holiday season. Jen spent Christmas with her twins, Max and Emme, but no word on whether Casper was with them.
Britney Spears: A very sparkling Christmas 6 of 6Britney went through a rough few years following her divorce from Jason Federline in 2006. But things have gotten better for the star singer and her two sons, and so have their holidays. Last Christmas, she turned her rented California mansion into a spectacle of lights and inflatable yard decorations. Then it was her ring finger that got shiny when boyfriend Jason Trawick proposed to her shortly after her December birthday.
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews]
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