We have been extremely blessed in the fairly easy transition we have had with Wen & Beza, but I haven’t let that lull me into a false sense of security or knowledge. I am always on the lookout for helpful advice.
This will be our first “real” Christmas with the kids here. Technically we were with them on Christmas last year but we were in Ethiopia and there was no celebration. The tree was still up when they came home but they missed the celebrations.
We put up the tree the day after Thanksgiving and, as usual, had all the kids help with the ornaments. I wasn’t sure how much they would notice that Noah and Natalie had special ornaments that they had either made or been given over the years. Two nights ago at a Girl Scout Christmas party they made a snowman craft and Beza declared that one would be for her and one would be for Wen since they didn’t have any ornaments on the tree. They do notice these thing.
We also sat down last week and explained that they may receive a different NUMBER of gifts than each other at Christmas because a gift on your list might have been more expensive compared to the items on the siblings list. We told them the value of the gifts is the same but the number may differ and that they should not be comparing their piles to one another.
Today on Bushel and a Peck I saw a link to these resources by Deborah Gray – wonderful tips that I highly suggest adoptive parents take the time to read!