Childfree Holidays

It’s the busy time of the year for families, while many of us who are not parents have too much time on our hands. This is especially true for childfree adults who live far from family. I’ve coped with the abundance of free time in a variety of ways through the years, including baking for colleagues, reading, enjoying time in coffee shops, and going skiing. It’s a time when even those of us who feel good about our childfree status can have some twangs of pain, thinking what it must be like to enjoy a small child during the Christmas season. How have you coped?


  1. Todd
    Posted December 16, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Suggestions would be:
    – adopt a world vision child
    – try some volunteering opportunities
    – definitely skiing
    – sit and watch frantic people at the malls
    – relax and enjoy your peaceful holiday time

  2. susan
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Last Christmas my husband worked in the morning and i found myself home with my dog. I had a GREAT morning. I prepared lunch, baked a special chocolate cake a and then went for a fantastic walk with my dog. It had been snowing and the field where we walk was covered. It was sunny and there wasn’t a single person there. I realised then how much peace and freedom I have in childfree life. Lots of room to think, do the things I enjoy and I can honestly say, even on christmas morning, alone with my dog, i felt in no way lonely or incomplete. I think the most important thing is to make peace with and embrace your decision.

  3. Ellen
    Posted July 31, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    You’ve given a great example of how we can enjoy a child-focused holiday just as much or more when we’re not parents. I love to go skiing on Christmas morning and to make a special adult-friends dinner for Christmas Eve. Many families with children imagine how wonderful the day will be and then feel stressed financially or with kids who are unhappy with their gifts or squabbling with their siblings. I love my peaceful, quiet holidays!!

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