As a new parent, you are probably excited to spend your first Christmas with your new baby. Just like Baby’s first smile, step, and word, their first Christmas is a first that you will never forget. Although your child won’t know what the fuss is all about, it is a special time of year for the rest of the family. Whether your baby is a few weeks old or is near the age of one, make this Christmas extra special because the memories you create will stay with you for years to come.
Create Beautiful Keepsakes
Tiny hands and feet can make anyone melt inside, and a casting created during the festive period is a great way to commemorate their first Christmas. The castings can be kept in unique frames and used as wall décor or given as a gift to doting grandparents. Alternatively, they can be crafted into unique ornaments which can be used to decorate your Christmas tree or your mantlepiece.
Memorable First Christmas Gifts
You probably have many first Christmas gifts you want to give your baby during the first Christmas with your child. Such as their first Christmas stocking, bauble, and cuddly toy. One way to make their gifts extra special is by personalizing them. Personalized presents can be engraved with your baby’s name, a special message, and a date. This type of gift will be treasured for years to come and will become your baby’s sentimental possession when they get older.
Combine the Old with the New
All families have traditions that they have been upholding since the kids were young. Perhaps yours or your partners were dedicating one night to watching cheesy Christmas films with a cozy hot chocolate or receiving new PJs to wear on Christmas Eve; old traditions should be treasured. However, it is equally important to create new traditions or incorporate old traditions into your lives with the new baby. A great way to begin new traditions with your baby is to think about the rituals that made the festive season warm and magical for you when you were young. New traditions can include enjoying a visit to Santa or baking sweet treats together for your respective families on this special day.
Inscribe a Note Inside a Christmas Book
A lovely tradition to get into is reading a bedtime story to your child on Christmas Eve. Your baby may not be fully aware of what’s going, but this tradition is as much for you and your partner as it is for them. To make this new tradition extra special, inscribe a note for your baby inside the cover of a Christmas book so that they can keep it as a sentimental keepsake once they are older.
Take a Family Photo
Your phone is probably jam-packed with photos of your baby, which is necessary if you want to capture every single moment during the first 12 months of your baby’s life. However, make sure you have enough space for your Christmas photos. Besides the obligatory stream of photos throughout the festive period of your family, friends, and baby, make sure you take a special photo of just the family. In the future, this photo will become an excellent reminder of your baby’s first Christmas.
Create a Festive Photo Christmas Card
An excellent use of all of these photos you have taken is to turn the best ones into a photo Christmas card. Take your favorite photo, which you took early in December, and use online photo services to create a festive card. Alternatively, find a particular spot in your house and take a photograph of your beautiful baby there. This way, you can recreate this photo annually so that you can compare the photos of your child every year.
Measure Baby’s Height
A unique photo taken every Christmas can help you chart your baby’s growth year by year. However, you can also measure their height with a piece of pretty ribbon every season so that you have something physical to compare every year. The ribbon can be placed inside a clear Christmas bauble and hung up on the tree.