"We've Always Done It That Way"

Learning how to celebrate as a family during our first Christmas together etched a road of heart-warming traditions.

Creating New Holiday Traditions with Your Adopted Kids
When we stepped off the airplane in San Francisco, we had two goals: to take showers and to collapse into comfortable beds. But our long-term goal was more important: We wanted to become a family. Technically, we were — we had filled out mounds of paperwork, met with the social worker, flown to Russia, met our children, talked to the judge, taken the requisite picture in front of St. Basil's, and flown home. Now we were here, charting a future ...

The uncharted journey of our first Christmas together etched a road of new, heart-warming traditions.


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