If you have a baby, you may think that there is nothing you can do to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas, but you can and should celebrate your baby’s first Christmas! In fact, you can start traditions this year for many years to come.
Your baby may not remember all of the things that you do this year, but he will take it all in and experience Christmas. Celebrating with your baby is also a wonderful way for you to personally enjoy the season even more and create many fond memories to look back on.
Baby’s first Christmas doesn’t have to be complicated. You can make it as simple or as lavish as you want. You can go all out with the ideas below or go with a more laid back approach.
1. Walk around and look at lights.
Baby may not be able to see many Christmas lights from his car seat, so 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 to have for years to come.
My son loves the Llama Llama books. Here is a cute book for Christmas, 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 or you could purchase your own children’s Christmas music too!
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. If your baby is old enough, he will enjoy pulling fun little toys out of his stocking*.
Stocking stuffer gifts for babies are socks, sippy cups, board books, small toys, headbands, bowties, pajamas, 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 businesses 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. As your child gets older, he will love seeing his 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. You could give them to your baby at the beginning of December to wear all month or wait until Christmas Eve for a special night.
I love these Christmas pajamas from Mud Pie*. So cute!
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.
If you aren’t sure how to incorporate all of these ideas, pick 2 or 3 that sound the most fun and don’t worry about the rest. You and your baby will still enjoy a few things together that will make the Christmas season extra special!
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