First Christmas in an Open Adoption as a Birth Mother
If you are a birth mother already involved in an open adoption, or if you are still considering an open adoption, thinking about some of the best ways to connect with your child and their adoptive family is a great way to start. While the possibilities are endless, one of the most important is Christmas, which is especially true during the first Christmas in an open adoption! During this time, even if you have yet to get together before now, Christmas is the perfect occasion.
5 Ideas for Activities on Christmas:
- Get together for breakfast
Even if you don’t decide to share the Christmas meal together, taking the time to catch up over a festive breakfast is sure to get things started on the right note. Tell everyone what you have been up to since you saw them last, and encourage them to share their journey too!
- Meet up on Christmas Eve
While this may involve picking up a few presents along the way, this can be a great way to get to know the adoptive family and get your child something for Christmas. You can always call ahead of time to get some ideas, or you can pick something up that simply helps you share your story.
- Celebrate together on Christmas day
This will most likely involve the most amount of planning and communication, but getting together on Christmas day can have a lot of benefits! Not only will you be able to share each other’s company on a great holiday, but you could also get to know some of your child’s new extended family. This can help you learn even more about what your child’s life is like, and you might even form some long lasting relationships.
- Send a Christmas card
Even if you are unable to get together in person, simply sending a holiday card can mean a lot to your child and their adoptive family. Catching up with you, even if it is through a greeting card, can mean so much and it will definitely encourage a response!
- Meet up virtually
If you cannot meet up because of your location, set up a time to connect virtually. While this may seem somewhat lackluster, your child will almost certainly be happy to see you. You can even prepare a few pictures to share what your life has been like, and encourage the adoptive family to do so as well!
First Christmas in an Open Adoption
As long as you take the time to communicate with your child’s adoptive family ahead of time, there will certainly be a solution that works for everyone. The first Christmas in an open adoption is definitely one to be celebrated! The holidays are always an important occasion, but they are made even more special by sharing them with the people we care about!
As an expectant woman or birth parent, to learn more about adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Texas. You can call us at 888-307-3340, text us at 888-307-3340, or email us here. If you are hoping to adopt, please visit us here. We look forward to helping you through your adoption journey!
Meet the Author: Elijah Weiner is currently studying English and East Asian Studies at Denison University, and spends the majority of his free time reading a good science fiction book. His interest has always been in fiction, so whether he is reading or writing it is always based upon the imaginary world.
Elijah lives in Boulder, Co and spends his free time reading or bicycling outdoors.