Celebrating Baby's First Christmas

Ideas for Celebrating Baby's First Christmas

It’s your baby’s first Christmas! And you want to make it as memorable as possible. Put some fun and creativity into your preparations for everlasting memories and keep in mind these tips to ensure that this joyous event in your lives takes place smoothly, without anything marring your joy.

Ideas for Celebrating Baby's First Christmas

Your Childhood

Start with a travel back into your past. What were your favorite Christmases as a child like? What would you like to recreate for your baby? It might be a long-forgotten tradition or event. Now is the time to bring it back so that your baby can enjoy the same moments and look forward to Christmas every year.

New Traditions

Start a new tradition. Include a nice family activity or a new recipe or a prayer ritual this year. Children love traditions. They look forward to doing the same things year after year. Unlike us, they do not wish for ‘some change’ in the way they celebrate any holiday.

Give your baby something to look forward to – something that you will enjoy too

Decorating

Decorate all over with the baby in mind. Your first care should be to make the decorations baby-proof. Avoid sharp-edged or tiny decorations. If you must use something like this, make sure you place them far out of the reach of baby.

A wonderful way to decorate your tree would be to hang your old ornaments – the little clay ones, photo ornaments, popsicle stick decorations that you and your husband made as a child. Jingle bells or any other ornament that makes a sweet sound will be welcomed by the baby!

Buy or make yourself, a new ornament just for the baby. Ask the baby to hang it on the tree, and if he/she is too small to do it, hold her in your arms while you or your husband hangs it. Make sure your little family – baby and her parents – are together to cherish this moment when baby’s first ornament adorns the tree. This would be a moment worthy of a photo.

Another such moment would be hanging baby’s tiny stocking on the mantle. Once again, you can either buy or make a small stocking personalized with the baby’s name.

Decorate your mantels with soft cuddly snowmen, Santas, Angels etc. To continue the baby theme in other places, use cuddly pillows and cushions in Christmas shapes, soft materials etc.

Commemorative Gifts

Your gifts to the baby should be commemorative of this eventYour gifts to the baby should be commemorative of this event. A new ornament, a personalized stocking, a Santa suit of her size, small Santa and Snowmen dolls, a silver spoon etc. Preserve these gifts with care and they will give you memories for a lifetime. If you have a baby girl, give her a new ornament and then continue doing so every year. Preserve all her ornaments carefully and give them to her when she marries.

A large variety of gifts are available in stores made specially for commemorating Baby’s First Christmas. Some of the more popular choices are personalized Christmas ornaments, Christmas clothes set including bibs, pacifiers, bottle covers, stockings, Christmas-themed Baby Blanket. Most gifts have the words ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ printed or embroidered. Take your time and shop for one or more of such gifts for your baby.

You can also, of course, buy other toys, presents, clothes etc. for your baby, but don’t be disappointed if your baby is more interested in playing with the colorful wrapping paper than the gifts. The baby is too small to appreciate the gifts and later in his life, he will cherish those more than anything else. But right now, there is nothing more attractive to him than the bright colored wrapping paper that was discarded after his gifts were opened.

Scrapbooking

Start a ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ scrapbook to journalize all these special memories. Apart from photos and written details, include scraps of discarded wrapping paper, bows, gift tags, greeting cards, payment receipts of gifts bought for him, letters received etc. Going through them years later will bring back the fondest of memories. Make a note of this celebration in your Baby’s Baby Book.

Capture the Memories

Do not forget to take lots of pictures on your Baby's First Christmas

Do not forget to take lots of pictures. Try to take pictures of the baby without her knowledge while he/she is busy taking in everything going family while they are sitting together around. Capture her amazement at the glowing tree lights, bright ornaments, colorful flower decorations etc. Video-shoot your around the baby. Don’t forget the traditional family photo. Gather everyone together and set the time on your camera for a complete family portrait. Take one such photo every year and see your baby grow every Christmas.

Family Fun

This is a joyous occasion for the whole family. Get your family together and plan cozy meals by the fireplace.

Your baby will be seeing a lot of faces – some new to him/her. While the baby will enjoy the warmth of the closeness of a family gathering, he/she might also be intimated by the so many new faces around her. The busy Holiday season might also disrupt her daily routine and upset her. If you feel this happening, take the baby away from the noise and bustle for some time and comfort and cuddle her.

This article first appeared in the ‘Celebrating Christmas PDF Magazine‘ which is a FREE magazine that you can download and even print out.

Press Poinsettias and Use as Decorations – Christmas Activity for Kids

Pressed poinsettias add the perfect dash of color and holiday cheer to any area. Have the whole family join in to help with this project. The kids will enjoy seeing how the flowers and leaves dry and become flat as well as being able to help with cards and other decorations.

What you will need:

1. Poinsettia plants
2. Scissors
3. Waxed paper
4. Heavy books
5. Decoupage medium
6. Cotton swabs
7. Green fine tipped marker
8. Tweezers

Directions:

1. Cut poinsettia flowers off of the plant at the base of the flower.
2. When you have collected the flower place it upside down on a sheet of waxed paper.
3. Continue doing this until you have gathered all the flowers you want. You may want to also cut a few leaves off the plant to press and dry with the flowers.
4. Place another sheet of waxed paper over the poinsettia flowers.
5. Place several heavy books on top of the flowers so that you can’t see any part of the flowers.
6. Now you will have to wait. It could take anywhere from a couple of days to a week to dry the flowers depending upon how humid the area is.
7. When your flowers have dried completely they are now ready to be used as decorations, following the directions will be a list of possible ways to use the poinsettias, but for now we will continue as if the poinsettia is being used as the decoration for a simple Christmas card.
8. Place the poinsettia and leaves, if you want leaves, on the card and arrange them so that you like how they look.
9. Use the tweezers to pick up the flowers and leaves.
10. Dab a small amount of decoupage medium on the backs of the flowers and leaves with a cotton swab after you have carefully picked them up with the tweezers.
11. Glue them to the paper.
12. Carefully using another cotton swab apply a thin coat of decoupage medium over the top of the flowers and leaves.
13. Add stems or other needed decoration with the green marker.

Other Uses for Pressed Poinsettias:

• Apply the flowers to plain coasters with the decoupage medium.
• Make the flowers into ornaments by pasting them to thin cardboard. Apply the layer of decoupage medium and then cut around the flower. Punch as small hole in the top string ribbon through and tie it so that it forms a loop. For a more glamorous effect, you can also put a bit of glue around the edges and sprinkle on glitter.
• Decoupage the flowers onto a glass vase for a stunning display.
• Paint a plain box or varnish it, then decoupage a single poinsettia to the lid of the box.
• Laminate the flowers, cut them out and use them as a fun window display, as accents on a white tablecloth, or attach ribbon to them and use them as napkin rings.

Christmas Poem – The Pine Tree Legend

The pine was mortal, once, like other trees
That lift their boughs in the air,
Wearing in summer its green fripperies.
In winter going bare

And desolate of birds.
But that was in an old, forgotten age
Before the words
Of Wise Men stung King Herod to such rage

That his loud armies went
About the land to slay the Innocent.
Then there was consternation and no joy
In Israel. Joseph and Mary, Flying
Into another country with the Boy
Came when the day was dying,
Houseless to the edge of a green wood
Where valorously stood
A needled pine that every summer gave
Small birds a nest.
And half its trunk was hollow as a cave.
Said Joseph, “This is refuge. Let us rest.”
The pine tree, full of pity, dropped its vast
Protective branches down
To cover them until the troops rode past,
Their weapons jingling, toward a different town.
All night it hid them. When the morning broke,
The Child awoke
And blessed the pine, His steadfast lodging place.
“Let you and your brave race,
Who made yourself My rampart and My screen
Keep summer always and be ever green.
For you the punctual seasons shall not vary,
But let there throng
A thousand birds to you for sanctuary
All winter long.”
The story tells us, too,
That if you cut a pine cone part way through,
You find it bears within it like a brand
The imprint of His hand.

How to say 'Merry Christmas' in other Languages

Do you know how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in other languages? Wouldn’t it be fun if you did? Here are some ways of saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to all your friends!

English – “Merry Christmas!”

German – “Froehliche Weihnachten!”

Hawaiian – “Mele Kalikimaka!”

Italian – “Bon Natale!”

French – “Joyeux Noël!”

Danish – “Glaedelig Jul!”

Finnish – “Hauskaa Joulaua!’

Brazilian – “Boas Festas!” or “Feliz Natal!”

Portuguese – “Feliz Natal!” or “Boas Festas!”

Spanish – “Felices Navidad!”

Swedish – “God Jul!”

The Christmas Tree – Origin and Legends

People often wonder where the custom of having a tree in the home during Christmas time comes from. We will probably never know for sure. But there are many historical clues that point out where this custom came from.

Thousands or years ago, there were people who believed that evergreen trees were magical. Even in winter, when all the other trees and were brown and bare, the evergreen tree stayed strong and green. People saw the evergreen as a symbol of life and as a sure sign that sunshine and spring would soon return. Candles, or the electric lights we use to decorate our trees today, are also an ancient symbol. They represent the light of spring overcoming the darkness of winter.

So when did the Christmas tree go indoors? Legend has it that the tradition was begun by Martin Luther in Germany. He was a monk and church reformer who lived from 1483 to 1546. According to the legend, Luther was returning home one wintry night when he saw the stars twinkling in the sky through the tree branches. Luther was amazed by the sight, and when he arrived home, he was eager to tell his family about it. To help them understand, he went to the woods and cut down a small fir tree. Luther brought it indoors and decorated it with candles, which represented the stars he had seen. 

The custom spread in Germany, and from there all over the world. In England, the Christmas tree first appeared when Queen Victoria married Albert, a German Prince. In 1841, Albert set up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle near London to remind him of his homeland. The Christmas tree custom was brought to the United States by people from England as well as by many German immigrants who came in the 1800’s. Whatever its origin, the Christmas tree is a beautiful symbol for everyone who celebrates Christmas.

The Christmas Fairy/Angel – Origin and Legends

The fairy at the top of the Christmas tree was originally a little figure of the baby Jesus. In late seventeenth century Germany this became a shining angel. Windsor Castle’s Christmas trees were topped by a large angel.

In Victorian Britain, little girls would take the angel down after Christmas and dress him in dolls’ clothes. Eventually the angel turned into a thoroughly female fairy, complete with wand.

The transformation was boosted by the pantomimes that became popular in the Victorian era – and, naturally, included a good fairy in the cast.