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Blending Families

Dear Sugar
My mother and father are 2 different religions. We celebrate both Passover and Easter but over the years I've identified more with my mother's religion. I met a man who is of the same faith as my mother (and I) and we are getting married. We plan on raising our children in this faith but I don't want to upset my father. Do you have any suggestions on how to talk to him about this? Struggling Samuel

Dear Struggling Samuel
At the time of marriage, it is both expected and accepted that families blend their traditions to develop a joint culture in their new household. Talk to your father and explain how you came to your religious decision with your fiancee. Ask him if there is something special that he would want celebrated or observed out of respect for him. Maybe you can all think of a way to honor him during holiday time.

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