Even if baby is too young to understand
what is happening, it is a special time for a family when
the baby celebrates his or her first Christmas. Taking the
care to acknowledge the event will create memories and
mementoes the family can treasure for many Christmases to
The simple answer is Why not?
But it is a significant event for the
parents, seeing their child join in with Christmas for the
first time. It can also be significant for Grandparents and
other family members.
Christmas is often said to be for
children, in the sense that they enjoy the magic and wonder
of the decorations, the parties and the presents. For the
religious, Christmas is a reminder of the birth of a baby, a
baby who grew into a man who loved children, so there is
also significance in the baby’s first Christmas.
Obviously, the baby will not remember
their first Christmas, and many are too young to even notice
what is happening. But that needn’t stop us making note of
the event anyway.
Overall, the Christmas celebrations will
be the same as they are for you in other years. A few little
touches will make it special for Baby and parents.
Take baby to visit Santa or have a
professional child photographer take some Christmas shots,
either of baby alone or of the whole family. These photos
make wonderful additions to the family album but also are
great for turning into gift cards. Send cards with the photo
to grandparents, aunts, uncles and so on, especially any who
live too far away to be with baby for Christmas.
Start a decoration collection for the
baby. Decide on a theme or not, then give the child
something for the collection each year from their first
Christmas until their 18th or 21st. By the time the child
leaves home, they will be ready to decorate their own tree.
Get a special decoration for the tree or
mantelpiece that actually says “baby’s first Christmas”.
Such mementoes are cute and bring a smile to everyone’s
face, as well as providing a lasting reminder of baby’s
arrival in the family.
Deliberately take a lot of photos. Get a
shot of baby with all the significant people in his or her
life in front of the tree or on Christmas day. This makes a
beautiful album so the child can look back and see who was
around. It is also a great way to refresh any family photos
that are getting a little old; how often do you forget to
take photos of loved ones because you see them so often?
Your last photo of Mum might be five or ten years old if
you’re not careful!
There are also special bibs and outfits
to acknowledge that it is baby’s first Christmas. Although
there may be a few Christmas events to wear these outfits
too, they probably won’t be worn very often. However, if the
child has an appropriate sized teddy or doll, the outfit can
be brought out every Christmas for display.
Whatever else you do for baby’s first
Christmas, make sure you shower baby and his/her parents
with love and cuddles at this special time.
Tash Hughes is a Mum of two in Melbourne. She is also a writer and owner
of Word Constructions. Tash is available to write articles and profiles for any
business, as well as doing other business documentation projects. You can see
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