It’s that time of year again. The air is cool and crisp, hot chocolate is being sipped by all, fires are being lit, and Christmas trees are in full bloom. For many families, this means a time of joy and celebration. But for families who are foster parents, it can be a struggle trying to create a foster care Christmas that feels special and welcoming for their first foster child.

We want foster parents to know that it is possible to create a foster care Christmas filled with warmth and love. So here are our top ten tips for creating the coziest Christmas yet.

10 Tips for the Ultimate Foster Care Christmas

A Foster Care Christmas 

Tip #01: Make a List and Check it Twice

The best way to make sure that your foster care Christmas is perfect is to create a list of everything you need to do. Check it off as you go, and of course, ensure you check it twice! This will help keep you organized and on track, while also ensuring that you do not forget any important details.

Tip #02: Get the Tree Up, Pronto!

Getting a tree up in time can help foster that feeling of excitement and magic this holiday season brings with it. Plus, it’s a great way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Set a date to decorate the tree together, put on some Christmas music, and make it a fun family activity.

Tip #03: Deck the Halls (and Windows and Mant Forles…)

Once your tree is up, start decking out your home with all of your holiday decor. This will create a festive atmosphere for a beautiful environment you can all enjoy as a family.

Tip #04: Make Christmas Morning Special

Christmas morning is a very special time for children, so make sure to plan something extra special for your foster care kids on this day. Wake them up with some presents under the tree, prepare a festive breakfast in bed, make a gingerbread house together, or take them out for some winter fun. The possibilities are endless!

This will make them feel loved and cherished on one of the most important days of the year.

Tip #05: Explore a New Christmas Tradition This Year

For foster parents who are new to fostering, it can be difficult to know which traditions you should continue and which ones you need to let go. 

Well, this foster care Christmas is your chance! Find out what holiday traditions foster children enjoy from their caseworker or even their birth family, and try incorporating them into your holiday celebrations.

A Foster Care Christmas

Tip #06: Prepare a Memory Book

A really special thing you can do is create a memory book together. This can be as simple as compiling photos of your time together during Christmas, writing down memories of your favorite moments, or even including Christmas cards from friends and family.

Tip #07: Make a Gingerbread House

One way to get foster kids excited about the holidays is by involving them in some fun holiday activities. One activity that always proves to be a hit is making gingerbread houses together! This can be a fun foster care Christmas activity for foster siblings, foster parents, and children, and is easy enough for foster kids of all ages to enjoy.

Tip #08: Let Them Help with Christmas Dinner

If you want to ensure that your foster child feels included in Christmas, you must let them help with dinner. Not only will they feel like part of the family, but it could also foster a love for cooking and healthy eating.

Tip #09: Gifts aren’t Everything!

Above all else, your foster care Christmas should be about spending time with the people you love. Make memories together! So, when it comes to foster kids, don’t stress too much over gifts.  Letting them know that they are loved is what’s most important in fostering a beautiful Christmas spirit.

Tip #10: Don’t Forget About Santa!

If your foster child knows who Santa is, be sure to talk with them about how he will know where they live now and if there are any rules or guidelines for getting presents this year. You can even help them write a letter to their new friend in the North Pole.

Final Thoughts

Christmas is a time of joy, family, and love. Foster parents who are new to the foster care system may find it difficult to know how to celebrate Christmas with their foster child or children. However, by following these ten simple tips, you can make this foster care Christmas one that your kids will never forget!

From our family at Apple Fostering, to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas filled with love and happiness.

 

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