December 6, 2007 |
When you have a new baby, you probably don’t want to travel for the holidays, nor do you want to host large affairs with extended family. Most of your friends and relatives will realize this and understand.
So how do you commemorate your baby’s first Christmas in a low-key but meaningful way?
Record everything. You baby won’t remember his or first Christmas so you’ll want to take a lot of pictures and video footage to share with him or her at a later time. You may even want to start a scrapbook for holiday mementos like wrapping paper, gift cards and special photos. Write up a little description about the celebration. You can turn this into a baby’s first holidays book for other celebrations like Easter or Valentine’s Day.
A journal for you. Consider keeping your own journal to write down your feelings, emotions, funny anecdotes or other things you want to remember and cherish.
Ornaments. Buy a special ornament or make one to celebrate this special day. If you have other children, have them make their own ornaments in honor of the new baby.
Start a new tradition in honor of your baby. This could be a special dessert you make every year, a special story your read or a Christmas carol you share with him or her every year.
Don’t forget the siblings. Not only do you want to get the siblings involved so they don’t feel left out, but do something special just for them, as well. Perhaps the older child or children can help make Christmas cookies or play a specific role like helping to open the gifts.