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I love Christmas and I love it even more now I have small children of my own. Christmas is such a happy and joyous holiday for families but I believe there is little more exciting than celebrating the very first Christmas with a child (or children) of your own. So here are my top five suggestions for making your baby’s first Christmas just that little more memorable.
Every family celebrates Christmas (and indeed, any holiday) with a unique set of traditions – those shared celebratory experiences that come to be expected year after year. Christmas traditions will often encompass gifts and giving, family activities, food that is served and the meaning placed upon the celebration. As each family’s traditions differ, bringing together the experiences and memories of two unique individuals (you and your partner) to create a new set of Christmas traditions for your very own family will likely require discussion and compromise. Talking about the big ideals that you would like the holiday to represent for your family is a good place to start. For us, Christmas is about family, love and compassion, and we want our children to look back at Christmas as a time of joy, wonder and excitement. Knowing that this is what we want for our children helps us to decide upon which traditions are most important for us to continue on, or indeed, develop of our own.
2. Family time
With older children the focus is often on Santa and the excitement of receiving gifts but ultimately the presents will be forgotten and it will be the memories of the time shared as a family that will remain. Enjoying time together, not only on Christmas Day but also in the lead up to the holiday, is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child and there is no better time to start then when they are small.
We started a tradition of buying a special decoration for each of our children on their very first Christmas – both Immy and AJ have a personalised bauble with their name and the year of their first Christmas. These baubles have been joined by angels and Christmas fairies and bright, sparkly, sequined balls chosen by Immy (and in the future AJ), one each year, and these decorations will be theirs to keep when they grow up and start decorating a tree of their very own.
I also love having a photo decoration made each year to hang on our tree, like the one shown at the top of Immy just before her first Christmas. They are such treasured keepsakes and act as a simple, visual marker of how our family has changed as we decorate our tree each year.
4. Photos and video
Charge the camera and take heaps of photos and video of your baby’s first Christmas. In the lead up to Christmas and on the big day, capture;
- Decorating the tree
- Their first taste of gingerbread or Christmas pudding
- Their first visit with Santa
- Looking at Christmas lights
- Dressed up in special Christmas outfits
- ‘Helping’ to wrap presents
- Unwrapping presents
- Enjoying the Christmas meal
- Lots of impromptu family group shots and selfies – remember it’s important for you to be in the picture too
5. Choose gifts that will last for years to come
It can be easy to get carried away with the excitement of buying gifts for your baby’s first Christmas, especially when it comes to toys (as you can see above in the photo of Immy’s first Christmas!) My advice is to look ahead and invest in good quality toys that will bring your baby joy both now and as as they grow into a toddler, and even as a preschooler. Ask for recommendations from friends and family members with slightly older children, and choose reputable brands – like leading infant and preschool toy brand, Fisher-Price. Both of my girls have loved their classic Rock-A-Stack and Chatter Phone to name just two of the fabulous Fisher-Price toys we own.
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Entry is simple. This is a game of skill and entries will be judged based on creativity and originality. To enter, leave a comment on this post in response to this question: Which Christmas tradition is most important to your family? Australian entrants only. Entries close 5PM AEDST, 27th December, 2013. Please note that the prize will not be received before Christmas. Full terms & conditions here.
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