Over the first year of baby’s life, you’ll document a lot of major moments but when it comes to making memories, there’s nothing quite like Christmas. Snow, ice, sparkling lights, hot cocoa and cute, cozy onesies, winter is a magical time especially with a newborn.
You don’t have to spend a lot on presents to make the holiday special. Baby’s too little to get excited about gifts, they’re much more likely to be excited with the cardboard box the item came in than the toy or treat itself.
From ornaments and stockings to sweet traditions, here’s how to do baby’s first Christmas right.
Start a New Tradition
Start a totally new tradition this year for Baby’s first Christmas. Don’t stress about doing something big. Small, simple gestures can be just as meaningful. Wear matching PJs on Christmas Eve. Eat donuts while opening presents. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Donate unused toys to charity.
Create Advent Calendar
Instead of a classic Advent calendar, create your own that will reflect the spirit of your family. Don’t make the one with chocolate, overall baby can’t eat that. Make something special, e.g. fill them with socks or make an activity-based countdown calendar, a movie countdown calendar, the possibilities are endless.
💡TIP: Ideas for special Advent Calendars.
Decorate the Christmas Tree
Decorating Christmas tree is the core of everyones Christmas traditions, and this year the process of decorating will be more meaningful. Since this is the first baby’s Christmas don’t forget to create a memory in the form of a special ornament.
💡TIP: The Best Baby’s First Christmas Ornaments to Add to Your Tree.
There is nothing more special than seeing Santa. Find Santa in a nearby store or mall, you’re bound to get an adorable photo of your little one on the big guy’s lap.
Read Christmas Stories
In the nights leading up to Christmas, make your storybook bedtime. Snuggle down with a cozy blanket and read. Whether you choose classics, like Night Before Christmas or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, or something more modern, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you and your baby bound to enjoy the special stories and snuggles.
Make a Christmas Eve Box
Here’s an idea for a sweet holiday tradition that can grow with your child: Assemble a Christmas Eve box that holds holiday pajamas, some Christmas books, cookie mix to make cookies for Santa and a few carrots for the reindeer. There is no need to start with this tradition this year but maybe the next one.
Spend Christmas Morning in Holiday Pajamas
What’s Christmas morning without snuggly pajamas? Make the morning extra-festive by having some Christmas-themed PJs. Even better, have the entire family look Christmasy, thanks to matching family pajamas.
Stimulate Baby’s Senses
Let your baby experience the holidays through his senses. Let baby touch and smell a clipping from the Christmas tree. Excite baby’s eyes with the tree lights or sparkly decorations. Jingle some bells and listen to holiday music. And if your baby’s old enough, give him a taste of some special holiday foods. Baby will love the newness of it all, and you’ll love watching Baby’s first Christmas come to life!
Best Christmas Gift for Baby
The best gift you can give your child? Time. Designate one day during the holidays for family bonding—no holiday shopping or errand-running allowed. Your baby will love the extra attention, and you’ll love the opportunity to slow down with your family.
Take a Christmas Photo
You can’t let the holiday go by without taking a Christmas photo with the baby! You can go all out with a themed setup or just get a shot with your little one looking cute in their Christmas finery, either way, it’ll be one for the memories.
Baby’s first Christmas is an exciting time. But you should try sticking with routines for eating, sleeping, and playing. Every part of Christmas is exciting as same as tiring for the baby. Remind relatives that scheduling some downtime is a non-negotiable necessity.