5 Ways to Prepare for Spending Holidays with Your Child’s Birth Family

holidayswithchildsbirthfamilyWith the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, making sure your child’s birth family isn’t left out can sometimes be a challenge. Open adoption is a beautiful blessing, but can sometimes add extra stress to the holidays. I am a giver. My personality has a hard time saying no to anyone, so I often feel very much overwhelmed and then run down after the holidays because I don’t want to disappoint anyone or miss any special events. My husband and I both have parents that divorced and remarried, adding even more family to each side. We each have two sides with separate traditions to incorporate into each holiday. I too was married once before and share a son with my first husband. Then add in open adoption and it’s another branch of our family.

We have become good at creative celebrations. We are so lucky that new traditions have begun forming as the next generation adds new dynamics. We have been able to extend the holidays to alternative dates in order to accommodate everyone.

To read more about how to best prepare everyone for spending the holidays with your child’s birth family, click here to visit adoption.com.

Letter to Santa – By The Ugly Volvo

This is one of the best blog posts I have seen in a long time.  Ezra just turned 11 months old and this fits him to a T.  Sorry, this entry is completely unrelated to adoption, but it fits my Ezra perfect!  I had to share it with you!

A Ten-Month-Old’s Letter To Santa

By , December 10, 2013

Dear Santa,

 I am a ten-month-old baby and I write because my mother has been sending out my “Christmas List” to people, and her list does not in any way represent the things I really want.  I could give two s#*ts about receiving stacking cups.

And I know you’re ready to make the joke about ten month-old babies and how all we want is the wrapping paper and the boxes.  Touché, SantaTouché.   We do, of course, want those things.  But I have a number of additional things I want very badly.

My list is enclosed below.  Have a lovely holiday.

-Ten Month-Old Baby

See the wishlist at:  http://theuglyvolvo.com/2013/12/10/a-ten-month-olds-letter-to-santa/