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Holiday First: New Babies at Christmas
By Meghan Teixeira |

Christmas is a beloved time of year to celebrate family, community, and good fortune. These sentiments become even more pronounced when celebrating the arrival of a new baby. Whether it is your child or the child of a loved one, the added warmth of celebrating a first Christmas is suddenly as strong as ever.

A first Christmas for a new baby is an event that most parents cherish and enjoy. There are several great ways to remember your first exciting celebration with your little one-the most popular of which is the baby ornament. First Christmas baby ornaments can be purchased at any ornament or holiday store, and can be themed from parents, grandparents, godparents, siblings, etc. The value in getting this tiny gift commemorating this first among many is the sentimental value it will carry as your child ages. As a young boy or girl, they will love to be the one to select the special place on your tree for their ornament. As they grow to adulthood, the small token will become a symbol of the love of the person from whom they received the ornament. This is particularly important for ornaments from grandparents, as this tiny gesture of warmth will permeate through years long after their lifetimes.

Many families find a heartfelt tradition in presenting each baby with a first Christmas ornament of their own. Try incorporating this into your practices in addition to photos and gifts that are traditional of the holiday season.

A baby blanket is always a treasured gift, especially when it is handmade. As your child grows, they will form memories with their special blanket and continue to use it for years after infancy. Only as an older child or young adult will they cast off the use of this precious baby possession.

One popular tradition is creating a Christmas themed blanket for babies on their first Christmas. Whether your knit, crochet, or quilt, patterns for Christmas themed baby blankets are abundant. Begin planning your blanket with several months allotted for creation. Though a baby blanket is much smaller than a traditional blanket, afghan, or throw, it still will require a good amount of time-especially if you are a little out of practice! Once you have decided on a theme and design, gather your materials and tools and set to work at an easy pace. A blanket for the new baby in your life will last for years and years to come, and will certainly be a well-loved item.

If you are expecting a Fall or Christmas baby, chances are you will be sending out Christmas themed baby announcements. Another idea is to host a short party to show off your little one. You have heard of the “Sip and See” tea party, where women gather for an afternoon tea and a chance to hold and enjoy your little one. It is just as easy to host any kind of little get together with a jolly Christmas theme!

Invite friends and family for an afternoon hors d’oeuvres party. Even ask each guest to bring one of their favorite appetizer dishes to help out. Turn your birth announcements into party invitations and let your guests see your little one in person, too! There are a wide variety of birth announcements available, and many geared specifically for the holidays.

There are tons of ways to put your baby at the center of your baby’s first Christmas party. As a new parent, it will be easiest for you to plan your party around your little one. Everyone knows that baby sleep schedules are difficult and demanding, so plan a party to take place during a few hours that you know your little one is usually awake and active. This will help to make sure that she or he does not get cranky or fussy during the party!

Instead of the traditional formal decorations associated with Christmas, make your party kid friendly by decorating with children’s themed Christmas decorations. You can go crazy with Santa Claus and Rudolph or even snowmen and penguins. The bright colors fascinate children, and will help give your party a youthful and energetic feel.

Also, do not be afraid to ask your guests to pitch in a little bit and bring food, refreshments, or entertainment. As a guest, you probably like to be able to offer a contribution to your host that you know is needed and useful. Give your guests that same opportunity, as they will be wanting to help you out in the spirit of offering aid to a new parent just as much as the spirit of Christmas!

Meghan Teixeira is the Marketing Manager of an online invitation and stationery company.

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