Now that you have a little one of your own or maybe several little ones running around, the excitement you have for the Christmas holidays takes on a whole new meaning. Beyond the gifts are wonderful times you get to experience with your family. Whether it's your child's first Christmas or tenth, it's never too late to start family traditions that will be continued year after year to make it even more special.
We compiled a list of some of our favorites to hopefully get you started with your own traditions. As the years pass, you will figure out which ones are a better fit for your family, but one thing is for sure. You'll love how much fun these traditions become with each year your child grows, anticipate the excitement your child has for them as the season draws near, and delight in the abundance of joy that fills your heart when seeing their precious, smiling faces.1. Start an ornament collection.
For your baby's first Christmas, start your child's collection off with a Baby's First Christmas ornament and give to them on Christmas day. Itty Bitty Bella carries several different designs to choose from. Each year, buy your child another ornament that reflects their personality, an accomplishment they've achieved or something else unique. Always make sure you write on it the year you gave it to them. Once they get older and move out of the house, you can send them off with their collection of ornaments. It's certainly a helpful start for their own tree, but they also can always look back and see the variations over the years.
2. Make your own Christmas cards.
In lieu of spending a fortune, not to mention stressing over which family photo to use or the design for a new card, make your own Christmas cards instead. Just buy some blank cards and create simple Christmas designs from your child's handprint and footprint. It's a very special way for you to remember their sweet size, but your family will love having them for keepsakes as well. Don't forget to date the back. More from Rainy Day Mum.
3. Get their picture with Santa.
It wouldn't be Christmas without having a visit with Santa! This is fun for both the grown-ups and baby. A neat idea is to write down what your child asked Santa for that year on the back of their picture. Not only is it fun to look back and see their facial expressions and how much they've grown, but also to see how their requests change over the years. These are going to be priceless!
4. Attend a church service.
For many, a Christmas eve service or midnight mass is a very special event to look forward to each year. You're able to slow down from the hustle and bustle of the holiday and have a moment of reflection, give thanks for your many blessings over the year, sing your favorite Christmas hymns and most importantly, remember the true reason for the season. More from Baby Center.
5. Bake cookies and watch a Christmas movie.
Nothing is better than putting on your Christmas pj's, dirtying up the kitchen and every baking dish to make cookies with your child and then snuggling up in front of the fire for your favorite Christmas movie. Your little one might not enjoy this their first year as much as you do, but they certainly will in the years to come. Shopping and wrapping the endless amounts of presents can test your patience, but try to let this unforgettable time with you child be something that doesn't...no matter how big of a mess they make.