Have a son or daughter who will be celebrating their first Christmas this year? It’s time to make sure your little one has such a great time this holiday season that she’ll be talking about it for years to come!
Alright, so your baby won’t actually remember this first Christmas, and it may be a few more years before he’s regaling you with his favorite holiday anecdotes—but you can still have a Christmas celebration that’s special for you and your family.
Look for Holiday Photo Ops
Since your baby won’t remember this holiday season, it’s up to you to document it so that you can embarrass her with photos years later. Look for opportunities to take candid pictures—for example, your tiny tyke entranced by a Christmas light display, or laughing while exploring a new toy in her holiday dress. Before the big day, consider having a professional photographer take a photo of your child looking fancy in an adorable infant dress or a snappy shirt and pants complete with baby suspenders. The resulting photo could be a great present for your spouse, parents, or in-laws.
Baby-proof the Decorations
‘Safety first’ is a good mantra when you’re decorating for your baby’s first Christmas. If you decide to get a tree, make sure to stabilize the base and put up some kind of barrier, such as a play fence, to prevent a newly-mobile infant from getting to it. As an easy alternative, you could also just get a small tabletop tree. Look for flame-resistant, non-breakable ornaments that can be hung well out of your little one’s reach, and watch out for choking hazards in the form of bows, ribbons, and gifts with small parts from well-intentioned relatives.
Start a New Tradition
Hold on to your most-loved family traditions, but don’t hesitate to start a new tradition that can become a part of your child’s annual holiday experience. Maybe it’ll be baking cookies for Santa, decorating a stocking, or reading a favorite Christmas story aloud. Your baby may not be able to actively participate now, but you may just stumble across a new tradition that you and your child will cherish in the years to come.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Don’t get too hung up on the ‘perfect’ holiday experience. If you get too stressed out, your child will recognize that something is wrong, and then no one will have a good time. Rather than searching for dozens of gifts that will overwhelm your baby, choose just a few toys to give out over the course of several hours. Instead of scheduling the whole day or taking on a cooking project of epic proportions, give yourself time to slow down and relax with your family.