Christmas has become ridiculously commercialized — and in the process, it has also become incredibly child-focused. So many people’s holiday traditions seem to revolve around children and those with children often wonder how someone without kids could possibly enjoy this festive season. How do you celebrate Christmas when there are no children to celebrate with? Do you welcome others into your home? Do you create traditions? Or do you simply celebrate the same as everyone else?
Local inspirational historical romantic suspense author Dawn Crandall says, “This will actually be my first Christmas with a baby! But, boy, do I know what it’s like to be married and have Christmas after Christmas go by without any children. My son, who will be 9 months old on Christmas Day, didn’t come until my husband and I had been married for almost nine years.”
Their tradition…watch the movie “The Nativity” on Christmas Eve and exchange gifts the next morning. “It felt a little lonely, but we never felt as if ‘something was missing’ from our lives, but rather, we tried to be thankful in what God had given us in spite of our not having children,” Crandall said.
Kim Arnos, senior loan officer at Ruoff Mortgage, says she’s never thought about not having children at Christmas time. “I’ve always had my family and entertaining to keep me busy at Christmas, so I celebrate with family members just like everyone else does.”
Make your childless Christmas merry and unforgettable:
- Create a festive dinner
- Watch favorite holiday movies
- Volunteer at a local charity
- View the splendor of Christmas lights
- Pamper a loved one or yourself
- Go away for the holidays — Florida looks nice this time of year, doesn’t it?