A first Christmas is an exciting time for the whole family. While your little one is probably too tiny to partake in many of the family traditions, such as putting milk and cookies out for Santa or decorating the tree, there is something heartening about introducing them to the warmth and goodwill of the festive season. With this in mind, I’ve put together 10 great ideas for making your tot’s first Yuletide season as special as possible. Merry Christmas everybody!
Celebrating baby’s first Christmas #1: Choose a special stocking
Of all my tips for baby’s first Christmas, this is my favourite. There is something so magical about the idea of your munchkin waking up on Christmas morning to a special keepsake that they can use year on year, and perhaps even pass on to their children one day. Be sure to stuff it with fun toys and little items that your baby will love to pull out and have your smartphone at the ready in order to catch the moment on camera.
Celebrating baby’s first Christmas #2: Hang a commemorative decoration
It can be a small ornament that reminds you of their favourite toy, or a lifelong memento, such as a handprint kit. Alternatively you can get crafty and decorate a bauble with some glitter paint. Whatever you choose, the important thing is that in years to come, you have something that makes you smile whenever you take it out of the decoration box.
Celebrating baby’s first Christmas #3: Buy Christmas pajamas
For many people, Christmas Eve is the most magical part of the festive season and wrapping your tiny terror up in holiday sleepwear is a great way to include them in the fun. Better still, on Christmas morning, amongst all the chaos of gift opening, you’ll be sure to get some super-cute snaps.
Celebrating baby’s first Christmas #4: Make a Christmas Eve box
All you need is a little box that you can fill with Christmas goodies such as teddies, Christmas pictures and other exciting little gifts that your baby will associate with Christmas. You go through it with them on Christmas Eve in order to acquaint them with the festive season. The beauty of this is that you can turn it into an annual tradition – something your child will grow up doing year on year.
Celebrating baby’s first Christmas #5: Give one special gift
While little ones are as content with shiny wrapping paper and twinkling fairy lights as they are with new toys, it’s sometimes nice to give them something that you know they can keep for years to come. For a little girl you might gift a music box that plays a sweet lullaby and for a little boy an extra-plush cuddly toy. As they grow older you’ll enjoy telling them the story of how they received that very special gift for their first Christmas.
Celebrating baby’s first Christmas #6: Begin a tradition
There are so many beautiful traditions that surround Christmas, it’s difficult to know where to start, but for a nudge in the right direction try a personalised advent calendar where you select all the gifts, or start telling specific Christmas stories on Christmas Eve. Of course, your cherub won’t remember any of this, but if you start now you’ll have plenty of memories to share with them down the line.
Celebrating baby’s first Christmas #7: Deck the halls
If you’re usually a tasteful two-tone colour scheme kind of person, throw caution to the wind and get the Christmas decoration big guns out. Tinsel, lights and baubles are all super exciting for baby, and the whole experience will allow them to familiarise themselves with the festive season.
Celebrating baby’s first Christmas #8: Visit Santa
Sure, baby isn’t going to recognise the man with the white beard, but you and your family will get a real kick out of seeing them bouncing on the on the big man’s lap. You can also get some snaps to show them when they’re older.
Celebrating baby’s first Christmas #9: Prepare a Christmas time capsule
Include a variety of keepsakes from your baby’s first Christmas, from the clothes they wore to the labels on their presents. Each year you can add to the collection, putting in bits and pieces that you associate with your baby and Christmas time.
Celebrating baby’s first Christmas #10: Take lots of photos
There is always someone at parties that takes millions of pictures and shoves an iPhone in your face every two minutes. Highly irritating, we know. But this year that person needs to be you. The last thing you want is to have an beautiful Christmas with your baby and then realise you have no photos to look back on afterwards.