Hey Mommas! It is finally December 1 and the holiday season is in full swing. There are lights strung up in all of the parks, huge trees with all of the trimmings, ice rinks with happy skaters and Santa is in town. This is JR’s first Christmas and we are so excited to share all of the festive fun with him. We have some fun, age appropriate activities planned and I’m sharing 5 ways to make your baby’s first Christmas memorable for your whole family.
- Look at Holiday Lights – Babies love flashing lights and music so seek out festive light displays in your city for a fun and stimulating experience. We love to visit the hotel lobbies in our neighborhood to look at their christmas trees and holiday decor because it is warm inside and we can sit and take in all of the sights for an enjoyable afternoon. I will even bring a cozy blanket, lay it down under the hint tree and let him stare at the shiny ornaments.
- Visit Santa – A photo with the jolly man himself is a Christmas must have, especially on baby’s first christmas. You can always find Santa in your local mall but, it is also fun to find a festive Santa’s Village to visit. We have plans to go on a cute train ride that takes us to a little town filled with bounce houses, coloring stations, cookie decorating, story time and caroling. Old St. Nick will be there in his red suit taking pictures with all of the kids before they pass out from excited exhaustion.
- Handprint Keepsakes – You will want to remember how tiny your little one’s hands and feet were at this time so, be sure to make a keepsake. My mother in law enjoys creating ceramic art pieces so she helped us press JR’s hands and feet into a ceramic plaque that will be fired and glazed. You can also create salt dough ornaments or use paint and a simple piece of framed construction paper. Be sure to write the date you made the print!
- Start a Christmas Eve Tradition – Each year on Christmas Eve, do something extra special for your little one. Wrap up a gift box filled with festive jammies, a children’s book to read before bed and keepsake ornament to hang on the tree. Unwrap it as a family while listening to acoustic holiday music for a nice, relaxing way to wind down the night.
- Give Back to your Community – Start showing your little one the true meaning of Christmas from the very beginning by packing up some of their clothes that no longer fit, extra blankets, toys with little wear and books to give to a local shelter. You can also find community outreach events through your church. Be sure to explain the importance of giving back and the true love and joy of Jesus, even when they are very small because you would be surprised at how much they understand!
What traditions do you like to do during the holiday season? Share your fun, family activities in the comments below!