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The bonfires and fireworks have barely been extinguished, but I’m already thinking about Christmas! For me, Christmas has always been about family and traditions. Enjoying old traditions and starting new ones is all part of the fun. If you’ve had a baby in 2016, then you’ll be celebrating your baby’s first Christmas this year. This is a lovely time with many special milestones to celebrate.
Who hasn’t been tempted by the cute Christmas outfits and festive onesies for that perfect Christmas moment and family photo op? Here are some lovely ways to honour your baby’s first Christmas and introduce a little extra magic into the occasion!
make a holiday card
It might sound a little cheesy but taking a holiday themed snap and sending it to relatives is a great way to share your baby’s adorableness with family and friends. Who doesn’t love a cute baby dressed up like a Christmas Pudding?
start some new traditions
I have fond memories of reading ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas when I was young, so I scoured the internet to find a beautifully illustrated copy that now gets read to my children every Christmas Eve.
Whether you love playing board games, have a favourite Christmas film you always watch, or can’t resist a Christmas Jumper, having your own family is the perfect opportunity to start new traditions as well as embracing some old ones.
put out a stocking
From a young age, I was lucky enough to receive the most wonderfully thoughtful stockings. They were the knitted kind that shows every lump and bump of the gifts waiting inside! The presents were small but thoughtful, and there were always some chocolate coins lurking in the bottom.
Putting out stockings is one of the Christmas traditions I have continued for my children. I love seeing their faces when they run into our bedroom excitedly shouting ‘He’s been!’ While your baby might not remember their first stocking, you will get endless enjoyment out of it I promise!
find a keepsake ornament
You can find plenty of lovely Christmas ornaments to remind you of your baby’s first Christmas or you can even make one from your baby’s feet or handprints. The ornament will be something you'll love taking out each year.
you can never have too many twinkly lights
You don’t need to go all Griswold’s family Christmas, but your baby will love looking at all the sparkly Christmas lights and glittery baubles on the tree.
don’t spend a fortune on gifts
Your baby won’t understand or care much about gifts their first Christmas. They will probably play with the boxes and paper more than the presents! Make the most of these early years before the lengthy Christmas lists start!
let people come to you
Having a young baby is the perfect excuse to avoid trekking halfway across the country to visit relatives. Make life easy for yourself and your baby and stay put. Enjoy the family time together.
enjoy every minute of it!
Your baby’s first Christmas will only happen once so soak it up and enjoy every moment of it. The great news is next year they will be running around and enjoying the fun! Each year will bring new memories and even more excitement!
join the conversation
Tell us some of your Christmas traditions. Are you planning on starting any new traditions this year? We’d love to hear from you!