Holidays & Celebrations

Celebrating Christmas with a longed-for adopted daughter after infertility

“My Christmas Dream Come True”

“My Christmas Dream Come True”

When I bought the ornament, I imagined hanging it on the tree with the child I was carrying. But after I miscarried, I packed it away for years.

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One adoptive mother describes her multicultural family's holiday traditions.

“Our Multicultural Thanksgiving Celebration”

When this big, multicultural family gets together for Thanksgiving, the table is laden with more than turkey and gravy.

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Holiday activities bring everyone closer

Avoiding Overwhelm During the Holidays

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.

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Kwanzukkah includes fruit, along with other food and drinks

“Our Family’s Unique Kwanzukkah Celebration”

The story of how one transracial family reinvented their holiday traditions.

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This family remembers birth mothers on Mother's Day

“A Mother’s Day Not About Me”

To the birth mother of my three children through adoption, wherever you are, I say thank you for allowing me to be their "other" mommy.

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One adoptive mom describes her family's tradition for honoring birth mothers on Mother's Day.

A Mother’s Day Ritual

A simple ceremony with flowers and candles helped my children celebrate their love for two mothers.

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Holiday Rituals

Reassuring Holiday Rituals

As our children enter adolescence, we may think they've outgrown family traditions, but nothing is further from the truth.

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First Mother's Day garland

Share Your Story: First Mother’s or Father’s Day

We asked our reader panel: How did you celebrate your first Mother's Day or Father's Day? What's since become an annual tradition?

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Learn how to celebrate Russian Christmas.

Celebrating Russian Christmas

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 just right for our multicultural families.

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Use these tips for celebrating Kwanzaa in your multicultural family.

Celebrating Kwanzaa

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 just right for our multicultural families.

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Learn how to celebrate multicultural traditions for the holidays.

Celebrating La Navidad

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 just right for our multicultural families.

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An essay on becoming adoptive parents

“Mother’s Day Chocolate”

In one life-changing day, I became a mom. But I took time to savor the sweetness of a dream coming true.

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Rituals and traditions brought this adoptive family closer

“The Tie That Binds”

Whether you follow rituals from your own childhood or establish new ones, one truth remains the same: Traditions are what memories are made of. Here, four families share their stories.

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