A baby’s first is always something to look forward to and behold. We have our cameras ready to snap a photo or take a video of their first smile, first step, first word or first birthday. Then there’s their first day at school, first dance, first date.
There are a lot of firsts and we hope that every one of these firsts is special. This is the reason why we plan their first birthday party down to a tee or their first trip to the beach. Then there’s one of the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas!
Your baby would be too young to understand what the holiday is about but you’d want his first Christmas to be special. It’s actually more for the enjoyment of the parents and other grown-ups. So let’s make it special!
In case you don’t know where to start, here’s what we got for you.
Do a Unique Family Photo Shoot
Document your baby’s first Christmas with you by doing a really unique photo shoot. Your concept can be funny or something totally different. Conceptualize with a professional or with people you know who are overflowing creative juices.
It will be fun and most of all, memorable!
Make Photo Christmas Cards
You probably figured this suggestion would be on the list. Of course, it would be. I didn’t have to make this suggestion for you to figure out this would make your baby’s first Christmas memorable. That’ what photos do, right? :)
Anyway, you can hire a professional baby photographer or is you’re pretty good with a camera, you can shoot it yourself. Trust me, you’ll get lots of “Oohs” and “Awws” when you send your cards out!
Make a Special Ornament
When your baby is older and gets curious about putting up a Christmas tree, you can show him his very own Christmas ornament. It will make you feel nostalgic and be amazed how fast he has grown. It can’t get any more sentimental than that.
Simply take one ornament, smear non-toxic paint on your baby’s hand and imprint it on the ornament. Let it dry and it’s ready for hanging! You can also try getting one personalized with his name and birthdate imprinted.
Send out MistleTOES to Loved Ones
I totally love this idea from Pinkie For Pink. I think this would be a great gift to your baby’s grandparents and also to decorate the house.
Do one for every year to artistically document how much your child has grown over the years.
Create a “Baby’s First Christmas’ Stocking
If you’re good with your hands, you can DIY or knit one for your baby. If not, find the perfect stocking for you baby and have his name embroidered on it. Pinterest the heck of this if you really want to DIY! :)
Make a Felt Christmas Tree
Depending on how close you are to Christmas from when you baby was born, this project may or may not be applicable. If he’s at that age where he can sit, stand, walk and do things, then he’ll have fun decorating his own tree.
However, if your baby is only a few months old, this would be a perfect reserve instead. Learn how to make it here.
Start Your Own Traditions
Every family has a Christmas tradition. Your baby’s first Christmas is a perfect time to start something new. I’ve read some really interesting traditions like getting a live potted tree and planting it in the backyard after carving their baby’s name and year on it. Another tradition is taking your baby to see a tree lighting event. Or take photos of your family in ugly sweaters!
It doesn’t matter what idea you come up with! Whatever it is, it’ll be special because it’s with family.
‘My First Christmas’ Outfit
Nothing says baby’s first Christmas like dressing them in their first Christmas outfit. Some people might frown upon such act but, babies are too cute to be called tacky! To heck with what other’s say, right? ;)
Play Them Your Favorite Christmas Song
My mom did this for me and my sisters and this is definitely a tradition I would carry out. I can already imagine myself cuddling my baby in my arms sitting cozily in front of a fire with Coldplay’s rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” playing in the background.
All in all, it doesn’t ultimately rely on how much effort you put into making your baby’s first Christmas special.
What matters most is you were blessed with a sweet baby whom you get to love and cherish for the rest of your life. And that’s really what Christmas is all about – love and giving. It’s not only your baby’s first Christmas that’s special but every year will be as long as you’re surrounded by people you love.
Advance Merry Christmas to you all!
What made you baby’s first Christmas special? Care to share it in a comment below?