Over the years I have read and heard of some interesting and beautiful ways to include your children in heaven in your Christmas tradition. I wanted to make a list, in case anyone is looking for ideas. I wish I could remember where I found/ read some of them, but like I said it’s something I’ve collected over the years and I want it written down somewhere. :)
+ buy a children’s book, and donate to your local children’s hospital’s NICU floor/ cancer floor in memory of your child
+ create a care package/ memory box and deliver to your local hospital
+ deliver home-baked goods (or flowers) to the nurses/staff /doctors /midwives that aided you at the hospital/ birthing center
+ include a stocking for your child in Heaven and ask family and friends to write a note, a memory or a wish and read them on Christmas morning
+ send a lantern (you can write a message before sending it off with a sharpie) to the sky
+ donate some toys to a child in need, who might be around the same age as your child would have been
+ make an ornament in your child’s memory. This idea is absolutely gorgeous.
+ decorate a miniature tree for your child
+ each year buy your child a special ornament and keep them in a special box, even if you don’t use them all every year
+ donate to a charity or cause in your child’s memory. Ask your friends and family to donate in your child’s name, if you think they might be receptive. Once someone anonymously donated $50 to the Ronald McDonald House in Jenna’s name, and it was one of the most beautiful gifts I’ve ever received. A cause close to my heart is Angela’s book campaign. She even has an option to include your child’s name in her book!
+ Decorate your child’s resting place, and if you don’t have one you can create a small space for your child in your home (maybe around the miniature Christmas tree)
+ host a meal through the Ronald McDonald House at your local hospital
+ do a random act of kindness everyday in December until Christmas (or the new year!) and leave a note saying who it is in memory of. You might create the note on the computer in a Word Document and print out, or photocopy :)
+ read the Christmas Box books, so good!
+ take part in an ornament exchange, or start your own with the people in your circles
+ write your baby messages in the snow, sand (you know, if you live where it snows… or near the beach)
+ take a mini vacation to a different city and take the opportunity to escape the clammer of the holidays, when your heart can only feel pain
+ decorate a candle in your child’s memory. Tutorial here.
+ start new Christmas traditions.
+ make a snow globe using one your child’s pictures, photo copy of hand prints/ footprints, or even ultrasound pictures. Tutorial here.
If you have any ideas, feel free to include them in the comments <3