The holidays are right around the corner, and there is a lot you can do to celebrate with your new family member in mind. Here are just some of the many activities you can do to actively celebrate adoption in your home over the holidays. 1. Volunteer or Donate.
Many communities have activities during the holidays. You can always go and help the less fortunate and teach your child the true meaning of giving. It’s an important message for all people to understand in a world that is very concerned with the self. You truly are an exception if you show concern for others and the underprivileged.
2. Create a ritual for the birth family.
Open-Adoptive families do may also create a small ritual to include the birth family in the holidays. It can be something small like lighting a candle or looking through a photo album. This will help with the child from feeling like they have to ignore their birth family in and a whole part of themselves that can rarely be acknowledged in the daily life of an adoptive family.
3. Intercultural celebrations.
Celebrating diversity and other cultural traditions can be a great activity for an adoptive family. Sometimes this helps as an expression of appreciation and harmony in very diverse family dynamics. As the nuclear family is consistently redefined, we should be understanding the fact that harmony, diplomacy, and friendships should be made interculturally. Empathizing with their traditions can help your child with a strong and progressive world view.
4. Books and movies about adoption.
A good idea might be to get some nice books or movies which pain adoption in a positive light and read or watch them during the holidays. There are many excellent resources on the internet or in the library, and you can help your child process their own feelings by giving them contact with a range of other experiences and ideas.
5. Retelling of the story.
A lot of people like to keep a scrapbook or album relating to how the child was adopted. Make a fun story out of it and retell it to the child. Make sure to use positive adoption language. Make sure the child leaves the activity with a good feeling of closeness and a solid understanding of their family culture.