If this is your first year celebrating Christmas with your baby, a big and warm congratulations for welcoming a little one into the world. Given this year has been and continues to be a tough year for many, I’m sure this will be an extra special Christmas for you and your family!
There are many things to love about Christmas. The warm embraces, the Christmas outfits, the popping of crackers over screams of laughter and enjoying a delicious meal with the ones you love as they wear red paper crowns on their heads.
We have decided to put together some special ways you can celebrate your baby's first Christmas this year and start traditions that could last a lifetime.
1. Make Christmas Ornaments with Baby's Prints
It's so easy to forget how small your baby was during the newborn stage. Their teeny tiny hands and feet quickly capture the hearts of loved ones they meet, so capture this special moment in time by making beautiful Christmas ornaments that you can keep forever.
Here is a super easy and fun tutorial to follow.
2. Family Photo Shoot
Now is the perfect time to start a family Christmas photo tradition! Whether you decide to go all out on paying for a photographer or stick to your trusted mobile camera, there is something beautiful about taking annual (and slightly cheesy) family Christmas photos. Consider using natural light outside for the photoshoot or decorate your home in the holiday spirit – either will be the perfect backdrop!
3. Dress-Up Together
Who doesn’t love a good dress up? It doesn’t matter if you don the Christmas rashie, wrap yourself in tinsel, find matching outfits for the family or make some fun headbands – it is a sure way to have a laugh and get creative (and it makes for some hilarious pictures). Why not get the whole family involved and have a ‘best dressed’ competition? As for your baby, there are so many great ‘mini-me’ outfits so the whole family can be matchy-matchy!
4. Christmas Heirloom Baby Gifts
They say to start tradition young, so now is the perfect time to start beautiful family traditions for their first Christmas. You could start a tradition of finding a new Christmas decoration to put on the tree each year for each family member. Maybe you want to do personalised gifts like socks, books or jewellery or get together to make a Christmas wreath to hang on the door. The options are endless!
5. Make Christmas Cards with Baby’s Prints
If making Christmas cards is a tradition you’d like to begin, turning little footprints and handprints into reindeer, Christmas trees or snowmen is a fun activity. Why not use them to write cards to your children each year and when they are older it will be a lovely gift to reminisce over.
6. Put the Christmas Tree up as a Family
Nothing will get you more into the Christmas spirit then getting the tree and decorations out of storage, putting on some Christmas music and decorating the tree together! Maybe you’ll make your own decorations using handprints and footprints, or everyone could find their favourite baubles and add to the collection over the years. There are so many options for decorating the tree, what tradition will you choose to start?
7. Personalised Christmas Stocking for Baby
‘Stocking stuffers’ are a Christmas staple in many households. With the stockings hung up over a fireplace or in the living room, it’s the perfect place to put little gifts that little people love unwrapping. This could be the perfect time to start a tradition of gifting new pjs, bathers for summer or some funny Christmas undies!
8. Meet Santa for the First time
Visiting Santa, sitting on his lap and telling him what you what is an old tradition that keeps the magic of Christmas alive. It will also give you some glorious family pictures to put up on the walls where your little ones can see themselves grow up over the years.
9. See the Christmas Lights
Driving around in search of Christmas lights is a great way to end a fun-filled Christmas day. With suburbs putting on exceptional displays, it will be an enjoyable activity for old and new. How about cranking up the Christmas Carols and bringing along some goodies to eat? At the very least, it will help the little ones settle down for bedtime on the drive home.
10. Read Classic Christmas Books for Kids
It ‘twas the night before Christmas and all through the house… the family were sitting together reading their favourite Christmas books. There are some truly fantastic children’s books around! Find more traditional titles or something classically Aussie like Christmas Wombat, Santa’s Aussie Holiday or Christmas in Australia.
If you’re worried about taking your baby to all the family events this Christmas, don’t forget the DockATot is a familiar space for bub and can help new babies settle during the busy festive season. It will also give you hands-free moments to prepare for celebrations while keeping baby close by. We think that’s a win-win!
We hope we’ve given you some fun Christmas ideas to start with your new family and above all we hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. You know what we say, family is the greatest gift of all!
We’d love to know what fun-filled family Christmas traditions you get up to in your family. Leave a comment below to share your wonderful ideas.
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