We’ve set our etsy shop to vacation mode and are taking the next week off to enjoy an assortment of holiday festivities with our family! Here are some resources that we are using:
- We have a lot of winter holiday traditions that we enjoy on the winter solstice each year: Family Winter Solstice Ritual Outline – Brigid’s Grove
- I’m looking forward to working through this free workbook: Unravelling the Year Ahead| SusannahConway.com
- As far as workbooks go, we are also going to dig into our most fabulous and most helpful Leonie’s Shining Year Workbooks. (affiliate link included)
- And, we created two seasonal freebies for our Creative Spirit Circle:
Here are some past holiday-themed posts that you might enjoy or find helpful, or both! The first is about Mary and Christmas:
Another thing that Mary surely understood was that she was specially chosen to bring this new life into the world through the capabilities of her own body alongside that unconstrained power that placed him there in the first place. For birth is about releasing expectations and trusting that you are supported. It is knowing that just by the way your body was designed and grew this life, you are capable of bringing this life forward.
The second is about alcohol and breastfeeding:
The takeaway message: Long before you have enough alcohol in your milk for your baby to even notice, you would be so hammered that you would hardly remember you even had a baby. The concern for occasional drinkers is not really alcohol being passed to the baby, but mom and dad remaining sober enough to care for the baby–and that’s a really big deal where co-sleeping is concerned! Safely sleeping with a baby means being stone cold sober. Period.
The third is about coping with loss and infertility during the holiday season:
I distinctly remember sitting through Thanksgiving and Christmas after the loss of my third baby. The sense of hollowness. The sense of having to put on a happy face. Guilt for laughing. Guilt for not laughing. Going through the motions. Pretending to be okay. When I received this short guest post on coping with infertility during the holidays, it brought back those memories of tension, strain, and grief.
The fourth is a past guest post about toddler meltdowns during the holidays: Guest Post: 8 Toddler Pitfalls to Avoid on Christmas Morning | Talk Birth
(My own personal best tips involve an Ergo and plenty of “nonnies” on tap, on demand.)
The fifth is a funny little post about the 12 Days of Birth Activist Christmas:
On the second day of Christmas, a birth activist gave to me two comfy birth balls and a woman wanting to birth free…
And, the sixth is the memory of my fun little foray into the world of cookie-birth: Gingerbirth, Gingermamas… | Talk Birth