A few weeks ago, my husband asked me if there were any Christmas traditions that I wanted to start with our son.
My first thought was that we wouldn’t be able to start anything this year since he will only be 6 months old at Christmas time.
But I have come up with a list of things that we can enjoy this year for his first Christmas.
1. Walk around and look at lights.
Our son can’t see much from his car seat in the car, so we are planning on taking him to a local park that has Christmas light displays throughout the park. I think he is going to love riding in his stroller and looking at the lights.
Find out if there are any places near you that have Christmas light displays where you can get out and walk. Your baby will have a blast taking in all of the Christmas lights and sounds!
2. Get Christmas pictures as a family.
You won’t want to miss seeing how much your baby has changed from this year to the next! Either schedule a photo shoot with a photographer, or ask a friend to get a picture of your family.
You can even include your picture in your Christmas card.
3. Read Christmas Books.
Take a trip to the library and check out some Christmas books or start your own Christmas book collection and order a few books.
My son loves the Llama Llama books. Here is a cute one, Llama Llama Jingle Bells*.
4. Listen to Christmas music.
Most babies love music, so why not introduce them to Christmas music now! Pandora offers a wide variety of Christmas stations that are fun to listen to throughout the day.
5. Buy a stocking for baby.
Start the stocking traditions early and purchase a stocking. You could even get your baby’s name embroider on it. Your baby will enjoy pulling fun little toys out of his stocking*.
Keep the stocking gifts simple and practical by filling it with socks, sippy cups, books, small toys, and baby snacks.
6. Take a picture of baby next to the Christmas tree with the lights on.
I love this picture of our son in front of the Christmas tree!
Here are a few things to remember when taking your own pictures:
- Turn off the flash in your camera so that the lights twinkle.
- Place your baby several feet in front of the tree to make them the focus and create a blur effect in the background.
- Use natural light from the window rather than overhead lights.
- Make sure your baby’s face is turned toward the light (window).
- Get down on your baby’s level and take pictures from several different angles.
- Take LOTS of pictures to ensure you get a clear photo.
7. Get a picture with Santa!
You can go to the mall or find out where Santa will be appearing for free pictures. There are usually several business that advertise free pictures with Santa this time of year.
8. Make an ornament with baby’s hand or foot prints.
You will want to look back in the years to come and see how little your baby’s fingers and toes were. And as they get older, they will love seeing their baby foot prints each Christmas!
Here is a simple recipe for a dough ornament.
9. Get Christmas pajamas.
Christmas pajamas are super cute, especially on a baby! Make sure you find a cute set of PJ’s and get a picture of your baby in them. I’m loving these pajamas from Mud Pie*.
10. Visit a live nativity.
Your baby is taking in all of the sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Start this year letting them know about Jesus by taking them to a live nativity. It will be fun to see and hear the people and animals.
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