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The holiday season is a time for family, but long gone are the days of the Norman Rockwell image. In 2008 half as many people got divorced as got married in Oregon — leaving many children switching from mom’s house to dad’s at some point during their celebration. It means some families welcome their ex’s new partner to dinner. It means family, and family scheduling, gets more complicated.

Many people don’t participate in their traditional family celebration at all, perhaps because they are single, or widowed, they have a partner their family doesn’t approve of, or they have an ongoing argument that has caused a rift. Many people end up celebrating alone. Others find new family among friends instead.

How important is family to you during the holidays? Who do you most want to celebrate with? How has your definition of family changed as you have?

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