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Happy Holidays!

We've combed through our archives and assembled a great set of holiday activities, including traditions, recipes, and gift giving ideas that honor our children's beginnings. From guidelines for gift-giving in open adoptions to a delicious recipe for Chinese Almond Cookies, you'll find it here.

Reinventing Celebrations

  • 'Tis the Season, by Rochelle Green
    How do we celebrate the holidays? In all sorts of creative ways. Here, gifts of love exchanged by families in open adoptions, along with an assortment of customs, crafts, and recipes for observing La Navidad, Kwanzaa, Russian Christmas, and Chinese New Year.
  • The Colors of the Season, by Jana Wolff
    What do you get when you mix Chanukah and Kwanzaa? Why, Kwanzukkah, of course.
  • The Gifts of a Precious Connection, by Jennifer Davison
    In an open adoption, what do you give to the person who means everything to you? Thoughts from a birthmom about the gifts that mean the most.
  • Chicken Feet for Thanksgiving, by Kristin Castiglione
    After adopting two teenagers from China, this family's annual feast gained a new ingredient.
  • We've Always Done It That Way, by Rose Godfrey
    The uncharted journey of our first Christmas together etched a road of heart-warming traditions.

Readers Share: Multicultural Holidays

Rituals and Traditions

  • Family Night, by Lois Melina
    Family night gives parents and children an opportunity to build memories without the stress of holidays, to share what is going on in their lives, and to solve problems.
  • The Tie That Binds
    Whether you follow rituals from your own childhood or establish new ones for your family, one thing remains the same: Traditions are what memories are made of. Here, four readers share their stories.
  • The Birth of Tradition, by JoAnne Solchany, R.N., Ph.D.
    Family rituals take on new meaning when we adopt a baby.
  • A Season of Rituals, by Marybeth Lambe, M.D.
    Your school-age child is ready to participate in the creation of meaningful holiday customs.
  • Routines That Last, by Fran Eisenman
    Preschoolers crave repetition, so give yours thoughtful traditions to love again and again.
  • When It May Matter Most, by Marybeth Lambe, M.D.
    Does it seem that your child could care less about family traditions? Take another look.
  • Creating Holiday Rituals, by Bonnie Perkel
    It's not the gifts they'll remember, but the family traditions.

A Helping Hand for the Holidays

  • Help for the Holidays, by Deborah Gray
    Most parents look forward to sharing this time of the year with their children. But less is often more when it comes to holiday activities.
  • Holidays Can Bring Up Lots of Emotions, by Lois Melina
    In our families, the associations that different family members bring to these elements may create different expectations or more intense feelings.
  • Readers Share: Celebrating the Holidays while Waiting for Your Child
  • Celebrating the Holidays While You Wait, by Amy Rackear
    It's tough to wait another year. Here are some strategies that will help you until your child arrives.

Giving Back

  • Gifts that Give Back
    In the spirit of the season, we asked readers to nominate calendars that celebrate adoption and online merchants who contribute part of their proceeds to charitable causes.
  • Helping Children in Need
    Every holiday season, as we gather with our families to give thanks, our thoughts turn to those less fortunate. We urge you to give generously to these noteworthy charities.
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