Christmas Traditions from Fostering

19th December, 2022

With Christmas around the corner, it is the perfect time for us here at Capstone Foster Care to reflect. The John Lewis Christmas Advert this year was very emotive for us as it was for so many people, and we really enjoyed seeing fostering being portrayed in a positive light. We have seen first hand the incredible lengths that our foster carers will go to in order to help a child feel more comfortable in their home.

We got to wondering, what wonderful things have foster children in bought into the fostering home?

We reached out to our carers and asked the question, what Christmas Traditions have foster children brought into their home?

They certainly did not disappoint; their traditions warmed our hearts.

“Brussel sprouts are now called ‘special’ spouts. As our young person couldn’t pronounce Brussel when she first came to us. Although she can now, they are forever Special Sprouts in the household. And one must be eaten on Christmas Day. It is Christmas Law!”

We agree, sprouts on the day certainly is Christmas law.

We also loved some of the thoughtful traditions that have been bought into the home through fostering.

“Every year the children’s names are added to the family decorations on the Christmas tree.”

As well as traditions that take us back to our own childhoods.

“Every year we will take a walk around the village to look at all of the Christmas lights.”

Another of our foster carers, told us that as they had no birth children themselves every Christmas tradition was bought into their homes by their foster children. From Christmas Eve boxes, an annual trip to a reindeer farm and Christmas card designing. This carer also pointed out some things that you may have to consider when hosting Christmas for a foster child.

“Some of our children have been wary about the thought of Santa (a strange man) coming into their room at night, so we always do Santa sacks on their bedroom doors.”

 

We so loved hearing all the traditions from our fostering families. Fostering a child may not always be an easy path, but at times like Christmas it really goes to show how enriching it can be for both child and fostering family.

If you would like to know more about taking the next stage in your fostering journey in 2023. Call today on 0800 012 4004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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