I expect this Christmas to be unlike any other. In the past, I knew exactly what to expect on Christmas. My family would listen to Kenny and Dolly as we decorated our tree from Rossman’s Tree Farm with ornaments from years past and present. We would visit Grant’s Farm and look at all the pretty lights. And on Christmas day we would be surrounded by family at my Grandparent’s house.
But this year it won’t be like that at all. I have a family of my own now and we have to make our own traditions. I feel like this is a pivotal year for Brian and I since this is Kai’s first Christmas. What we do this year could set the tone for years to come. I’m a huge Christmas fan and I need to make sure that Kai learns the importance of Christmas as well.
So today I wanted to share a few ideas of traditions that we are going to start and activities that we can do with Baby Kai. Kai will be 7 weeks old at Christmas, but there are still so many things that we can do together!
Read the Christmas Story Together
Kai might not be able to understand the words and meaning of Jesus’ birth just yet, but it’s not too early to let him hear the good news of great joy. Plus babies love being read.
Drive Through Light Display or Nativity
It’s too cold to get baby out to see lights, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss the light displays altogether. Look for a drive through display that you can enjoy while baby stays safe and warm in the car.
Watch Christmas Movies
Kai and I watch at least 1 Christmas movies every day! In the next few weeks Brian and I plan on having a movie night or two and Kai will be right there with us.
Christmas PJ’s and Story
On Christmas eve, Kai will be opening one present and that will be new PJ’s and a Christmas story book to read before bed. I plan on continuing this tradition every year.
Hand Print and Foot Print Art
I love the idea of saving Kai’s hand and foot print in Christmas decorations. I recently got some finger paint and I plan on making cute little Christmas trees with his feet. I’ll gift a few of these art projects to his grandparents. Plus, it gives me something to do with Kai.
Christmas Sensory Play
Kai might be too little for this one this year, but I love the idea. You can create Christmas sensory bottles by filling empty bottles or jars with Christmas lights, ribbon, jingle bells, or greenery. Seal the bottles up tight and let your baby discover the magic of Christmas through play.
Church Play or Concert
Churches are always happy to see new faces at Christmas time and usually don’t mind a baby in the audience. Take advantage of your church’s special Christmas events. I’ll be keeping Kai with me, but most churches have a nursery as well!
A new baby is a perfect excuse to take cute pictures of your baby dressed up like a little Santa or wrapped up in Christmas lights. If you don’t time to print and mail your cards you could always email them.
That’s all I can think of for now! If you have had a newborn at Christmas time, how did you include your baby in the festivities? Let us know in the comment section below.