Traditions To Celebrate Baby’s 1st Christmas

Seven special ways to celebrate your very first Christmas with your baby

The winter holidays are a time to spend with family, and for those that have gained a new addition over the past year, a time for starting or passing on traditions. While babies won’t understand the meaning of the special holiday, or what’s going on for that matter, there are many things you can do to make baby’s first Christmas one to remember. Here are some fun activities and meaningful gifts and rituals that are celebratory of baby’s first Christmas and will create special family memories.

Santa Photos

Photos with Santa are basically a prerequisite for baby’s first Christmas. Waiting in long lines is never fun, and your little one may not yet know how to pose pretty, but capturing baby’s first interaction with the jolly old man makes for a memorable photo. And hey, if your little one is completely and utterly terrified of Santa, you can always use the photo as the cover of a funny Christmas card or share it online for laughs.

Personalized Christmas Ornament

A special ornament that you can hang on your tree year after year is a sweet way to remember baby’s first Christmas. Create your own or have one specially made for your little one, with his or her name and the year on it. We love these metal ornaments we found from Not On High Street, personalized just for you!

Cute Holiday Outfit

Little ones look adorable dressed up in a festive outfit on Christmas morning. This sweet “My First Christmas” cotton bodysuit and pant set from Carter’s will have your babe ready for a photo op in front of the Christmas tree. Or, dress him in a humorous shirt or onesie, like this Home Alone 2: Lost in New York-inspired one that is sure to inspire giggles with the famous line it uses.

Christmas Story

A sweet tradition you may want to start with your babe is to read her a classic holiday story each Christmas Eve or day. Once your little one grows older, you can take turns reading it as a family. We especially love these personalized storybooks from Pottery Barn Kids, where you can add personal details about your child into stories such as The Night Before Christmas. It’s a sweet gift that kids can cherish for years to come.

Christmas Cards

Your little one’s first Christmas is the perfect excuse to brag about her cuteness by sending your family and friends photo cards (which can also double as a birth announcement for fall or winter babies). You can choose from thousands of designs online from the website of your choice to custom make the holiday card of your dreams. We love the beautiful card templates that Minted offers, especially for baby’s first Christmas.

Special Gift

A great gift for your baby is a keepsake item that the child will cherish in the future for the sentiment it holds. This sweet Teddy Bear Bank from Indigo has a polished silver finish and would be the perfect addition to baby’s bookshelf. A coin set like this one from Canada Post commemorates baby’s birth year and includes a special $1 coin that features a stork delivering a special bundle. A memory book with photos from baby’s first year or a family heirloom that you can pass on to your little one also make thoughtful gifts they are sure to appreciate when they are older.

Christmas Stocking

A new baby means a new name on Santa’s “nice” list, so you better get your little one a stocking of his own. Choose one that goes well with your other holiday décor and that you can use year after year. We personally love the mix and match Natural Fair Isle Stockings that Pottery Barn Kids offers, available in a variety of prints and patterns but with a uniform look when hung together.

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