Finding joy in Christmas despite infertility

Dec 12, 2022

Christmas used to be my favorite time of the year.  You walk through shopping centers and Christmas carols are being piped over the loudspeaker.  Santa clause is posing with small children who are either idolizing him, or terrified of him.  The sparkling decorations are draped from the ceiling.  There are twinkling lights, endless parties, holidays, catching up with family and friends, the gift giving.  And don’t get me started with the food and wine!!!! I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!!

Until infertility.  Infertility ruined Christmas for me.  And the longer my husband and I struggled, the more I resented it.  I hated what it represented.  Family.  Because I was so desperate to have my own, and I was scared shitless that it would never happen.

It hurt to see others celebrating that first Christmas with their baby. I dreaded watching children getting their photos taken with Santa, because that’s the picture I had dreamed of for so long.  I dreaded the parties and catching up with family – and there were SO many of them!  Undoubtedly, someone would always ask a question about WHY we didn’t have children.  And I was so exhausted from faking it. The Christmas carols started sounding like fingernails being dragged down a chalk board.  I hated buying presents because that was money that we could have been spending on fertility treatments.

Come to think of it, the only thing that I still liked about Christmas was the food and wine. 

Yes – I was indeed the grinch.  And I didn’t like the person I had become.  I was bitter, and sad, and jealous and resentful of those around me. 

For a lot of us, Christmas marks the end of yet another year.  Another year of trying to have a baby and failing.  Wasted time.  It was a reminder that you started the year thinking that this would be the year you get a baby for Christmas, and you end it feeling devastated, with empty arms, and feeling like you can’t do this anymore.  Thoughts of “giving up” are surfacing.

My husband and I endured 5 heartbreaking years waiting for our baby to arrive in time for Christmas, so I feel more than qualified to give a little advice on how you can survive.  Because on our 5th year, we nailed it.  We actually found joy in Christmas.  And I’m going to share with you what we did.


  1. Say NO. ALL THE TIME. Setting some healthy boundaries is SO important.  You don’t have to prove anything to anyone (especially yourself). If you don’t want to go to your work Christmas party, say NO.  If you don’t want to spend Christmas with your friends or family this year, say NO.  If you’re not sure HOW to say NO, check out my blog HERE
  1. Say YES. To the things that make you feel good. What do you love doing right now?  Do that!!  I know it sounds simple, but in that 5th year, where my husband and I found a little joy? We stayed at home by ourselves.  We spent the day in our underwear with the air-conditioning cranking (because it’s bloody hot in Australia at Christmas time), lounging on the couch, watching movies (namely Die Hard and Gremlins!), eating bad food, drinking wine and napping on and off all day. We created a day that was all about the things we wanted to do, with zero possibility of being triggered. It felt so good to put ourselves first for a change. 

    Now, I know that may not be a possibility for all of you.  But if you DO have to attend a family function that you know will be filled with triggers, work out how you can you create an environment that supports what you need. It could be making sure you have lots of breaks from the family environment, creating distractions by bringing board games, thinking about different conversations you can have that don’t involve baby talk, or staying in a hotel. 
  1. Drop the guilt. We tend to feel guilty when we ask for what we need, but creating a boundary isn’t saying that your feelings are the only ones that matter – it’s saying that your feelings matter too. And if people complain about it, that’s their problem.  Not yours.  Your relatives will get over it.  And if they don’t, that’s their issue.  There is nothing wrong with spending a day creating a new tradition for where you are right now.  And next year, if your baby has arrived, then there will be a completely different tradition created.  But for now, in this season of your life, it’s ok to choose you and what you need. 
  1. If shopping centers set you off, avoid them!! Online shopping.  Start now!! 
  1. Alcohol. While I am definitely not saying you should stay away from it (because I would never tell you to do something that I’m not prepared to do myself), limit your intake. It’s so easy to use alcohol as something to numb your pain, especially at this time of year.  This is not a judgement, because I’ve been there before.  But alcohol is a depressant.  So while it may numb your pain temporarily today, tomorrow it will hit you twice as hard and be completely counter-productive for your mindset. 
  1. Keep talking. Find someone who you can share your struggles with. It could be a friend, a therapist, a coach.  It is so important to voice what’s happening in order to process it.  Journaling is also a fantastic way of downloading and working through those feelings we try to push down at this time of year. 
  1. Make a list of all the things you’ve achieved this year. I know it feels like you haven’t moved forward and you’re living your own version of Groundhog Day, but you’re not where you began.  When we live our life focusing on what we haven’t achieved, its natural that you feel disheartened.  But when we look at the little wins we’ve had along the way, it can feel a little more fulfilling. What have you learned, how have your priorities changed, what have you achieved, and a big one – what have you survived? This year hasn’t been a waste – I promise. 
  1. And most importantly, pour into yourself. Invest in yourself.  This is a tough time of year, so you need to be mentally prepared.  Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating nourishing food, getting out into nature, meditating, exercising, reading books, watching movies.  Whatever makes you feel refreshed and energized, amp it up!

 So if you’re feeling a little bit lonely, and a little bit sad this Christmas…’re not alone.  It’s ok to be sad at this time of year.  It’s ok to be angry that it still hasn’t happened for you.

I’m not here to say “just be positive” or “good things come to those who wait”, because it’s not what you need to hear right now. 

But you don’t have to suffer in silence.  You don’t have to hide from the world (if you don’t want to). 

There IS a better way to get through this season of your life.  And I can help you.  If you’d like to know how to make this journey a little easier, you can, with my 1:1 coaching program. Send me a message HERE to learn more. 

Because you CAN get through this. We all just need a little help.  And that’s ok.



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