As an on-call careworker I know intimately that embracing the festive cheer during the holidays can pose unique challenges. This is also true for those navigating pregnancy. The twinkling lights, joyful gatherings, and heartwarming traditions might seem overshadowed by the demands of expecting a child or the unpredictable nature of round-the-clock caregiving duties (hello Christmas babies!).
However, finding the holiday spirit is not only possible but incredibly rewarding in these circumstances. You shouldn’t have to miss out on the fun so I wanted to share some thoughtful strategies and practical tips to help both expectant parents and on-call careworkers infuse the magic of the season into their lives, fostering joy, relaxation, and celebration amidst their unique situations! We all deserve a little treat for all this hard work, don’t you think? I do! Bring on the nog.
Invest in old-school holiday cheer!
- Get your craft on (pompoms paired quite nicely with a holiday-themed movie).
- Bake for your community — our favorite is a danish salted butter cookie.
- Deck your halls. It doesn’t need to be a tree — try stringing some of your crafts up, throwing some local greenery in a vase, and putting up small twinkly lights. Baby safety bonus points!
- Turn on the tunes. A perfect song can transform a gray afternoon into a cozy, nostalgic setting. Try Lizzy’s holiday playlist.
As the nights get crisp and dark, lean into comfort and care
During all of your holiday gatherings, try out some juicy mocktails →
- Helpful for caregivers or birth workers on call, or new parents who are taking a booze breather.
- Have you ever tried making homemade eggnog?
- Our try any of these tasty mocktails! Rosemary Pom Spritzer, Pear Ginger Holiday Mocktail, or this Ultimate Holiday Mocktail with cinnamon & blood orange (yum!)
Lean into ritual and your loved ones to feel connected, held and joyful.
- Do a round of cheers with reflections on the year past, or cook a new dish together.
- For new parents and postpartum families—enjoy short holiday visits and deliveries of treats, gifts or meals.
- If you’re on call—it tends to mean no plan is set in stone and you are at the mercy of a tiny baby making their entrance. When you are gathered with your people, small rituals and connections can make your time together even more impactful.
- If you’re supposed to be traveling and are worried about canceled plans, think of some plan B, C and D’s. Got friends in town you could see safely? Is there a place you can gather for an outdoor fire and cozy drinks? Doggy walks with pals?
However you move through the next few weeks, we wish you health and special moments, big and small. And in all the caring, may you be gentle with yourself and find time to rest.