Finding Joy in a Childless Christmas

by Brandi Lytle
Finding Joy in a Childless Christmas - Blog 1 of Childless Holidays Series

For many childless, Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year.  In fact, this season can bring much pain and sorrow, with constant reminders of what we do not have.  Because of this, many support groups for the childless give advice about how to survive a childless Christmas.

Personally, this saddens me.  Christmas is such a joyous time, and it hurts my heart to think that anyone would want to hibernate through this magical time of year.  Even during our darkest hours of infertility, I still found happiness in Christmas trees, lights, music, and movies.  Yes, I used to long to celebrate with a little of my own.  But I never hid from Christmas.  I never felt it was something I had to survive.

So, I want to try and share some of my Christmas spirit with you this December.  My hope is to give you a new way to look at a childless Christmas.  I want to take what may be triggers for you, such as Rudolph and Santa, and put a different spin on them.  I want to help you see Christmas in a unique way, with a new perspective.

If you are a loyal reader, you know that I love taking ordinary things and looking at them in an extraordinary way.  I’ve done this with fall, pumpkins, and The Day of the Dead.

I also like to take what seems negative and put a positive spin on it.  Just read “The Bright Side of Infertility” to discover that.

So, I have humble confidence that I can show you a fresh way to look at a childless Christmas.  A way that does not cause pain or the desire to flee.  A way that allows you to find your own special joy, celebrating your own unique holiday.

I pray that you’ll come along with me on this journey.  Let’s redefine the holiday season.  Let’s make it our own!

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