It's the most wonderful time of year for Baby's first Christmas. As new parents, it’s a special time. One that is full of creating new traditions and making memories that will last a lifetime. These five traditions are a simple and easy way to make your Baby's Christmas memorable and are easy to carry on for years to come.
1. Start a Photo Tradition
There really is something magical about capturing memories in photos. We try and take a photo with Santa each year. Our Santa photos have grown from one baby who was only eight months old to a photo with four children and Santa. Each Santa photo we have kept in an album that we look at each Christmas. I was talking to a friend the other day who has had this tradition since her children were babies. They are all now 12 – 21. This tradition is so ingrained that the children happily go and get a family Santa photo to keep the tradition going.
If your child is not too keen on Santa then try a family tradition of a Christmas photo by the Christmas tree or photos of all the kids wearing Christmas hats. Either way, it is a bit of fun and something that you can look back on for years.
2. Create a Tradition of Reading
A tradition we started when our oldest was little was to buy a new Christmas book each year. These books get added to the Christmas book collection that only comes out at Christmas time. This has become an advent tradition that we incorporate into our monthly activity advent calendar. The children love reading the books and we try and get a Christmas book that has some meaning for that particular year. For example, one year we spent Christmas in Australia so we got an Australian Christmas story. Another year my daughter was in love with Fancy Nancy so we got the Fancy Nancy Christmas story. Hopefully in years to come my children will read these books to their children.
3. Decorating the House for Christmas
This is always a big part of getting ready in our house. My Children know that December 1st is Christmas tree decorating day. Each year they get more and more excited about getting to help decorate the Christmas tree (with Christmas carols playing in the background of course!). To make things a bit easier I normally set up the tree itself the night before so when they wake up in the morning the tree is ready to hang the decorations.
4. Collect a New Decoration
A tradition that my children love is picking a new decoration for the tree. Every year we go out and they are allowed to pick one new decoration each. They keep these decorations in their own box and one day when they are all grown up they be able to use these decorations as the beginning of their own Christmas traditions. When we begin to decorate the Christmas tree, they pull out their box of special decorations and remember what year they bought it and have a laugh at what they picked that year or look at them with new delight. Our tree is now filling up with lots of memories as the kids find new treasures to add to the tree.
6. Keep it Simple.
Christmas can become so overwhelming for children with what seems like too many gifts from both immediate and extended family members. So to keep things simple, we’ve given our children four gifts each Christmas: something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. This makes shopping super easy and helps to eliminate buying unnecessary items that just fill up the house.