5 Ways to Incorporate the Adoption Process into Your Holiday Traditions
By Mitchell Kennis
The holidays, of course, bring with them many traditions to celebrate with the family. However, what if you are preparing to put your child up for adoption? If you are, you have another adoptive family who might enjoy being part of the celebration. There are limitless ways to enjoy the season and form lasting traditions. We’ve listed a 5 ways to incorporate the adoption process into your holiday traditions
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As a birth mother who is still perhaps pregnant and considering adoption, the holidays can seem overwhelming to take on alone. The good news is that you don’t have to face the cheer alone because you have family. Not only your own but also your new adoptive family who might be struggling the same as you. It is never too late to make plans to celebrate, and an adoption agency in Denver is always around to facilitate communication. What follows are some of our suggested starter traditions that you can run with and change as needed.
As a note, not everyone celebrates Christmas or shares similar days of cheer, which is why we tried to be inclusive with our suggestions here.
1. Join Your Adoptive Family to Celebrate Adoption in Colorado
Sometimes the most straightforward approach is the simplest to take on. For example, try connecting with your adoptive family to see what their plans are for the holidays. Ask if you (and possibly your spouse) could fit into said plans or take a day of their time.
Once you have their permission, there are tons of ways to celebrate together. Maybe you can host a dinner or bring a dish to a potluck. If both families reside close to the adoption Colorado location, a sledding hill will likely open nearby. The important part is being together and enjoying all the warmth family brings.
2. Send a Holiday Greetings Card to Your Colorado Adoption Family
An oldie but still a goodie tradition: send a holiday card. There are actually many different types of cards you can send. One of the classics is sending a family portrait. This is a great option as a tradition as it provides a beautiful timeline of the adoption through the years. You can pick up a postcard from your yearly vacation to send. Making a tradition of sending cards from anywhere besides where you live is a fun game. And lastly, a “card” doesn’t need to be physical. An email or social media message will certainly be more convenient and quicker to send.
3. Host a Gift Exchange with the Adoptive Parents
Christmas has popularized the concept of “gift giving” during the holidays, which is a great option to make a tradition. There are many kinds of gift exchanges you could host, and maybe you switch yearly. For instance, a White Elephant exchange is more of a friendly game of gifting gag presents. You could put a monetary limit on spending, so no one comes out of the exchange feeling overwhelmed or disappointed. You can even make the adopted child the main focus where the families collab on making their Christmas morning special.
4. Bake up a Cookie Exchange for Adoption
For the sweet tooths and bakers, we recommend trying a cookie exchange. Short and sweet conventions are perfect for spreading holiday cheer to your adoptive family. A problem here can be perhaps your adoption Colorado family doesn’t live in proximity to you. Shipping a gift obviously works a bit better than sending gingerbread through the mail.
5. Your New Colorado Adoption Holiday Tradition
Last but certainly not least is the do-it-yourself tradition. There are so many fun and unique ways to celebrate the holidays, so why not make a tradition of your own? Perhaps the above suggestions were constraints on creativity, but they can also easily be springboards to something better. You could talk with your adoptive family about what they would like to see as a yearly tradition.
Also, if a tradition doesn’t seem to be sticking, change it. People can sometimes despise the family traditions that no one remembers starting anymore. There is nothing wrong with remaking the holiday to be more fun for everyone involved.
Support for Adoption, Joy for the Holidays
Adoption is a process that really connects two families together. This newly-formed family shares a child but can also share their traditions with one another. No one enjoys being alone during the festive season, so don’t be afraid to reach out. Adoption Choices of Colorado will always be here to help support families celebrating their first holidays together. We’ll also be able to help year-round for any highs and lows life throws at you.
If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.