Whether you have family traditions that you have been practicing for years or looking to come up with new unique ideas, Christmas traditions are a great way to create special memories that your little one will treasure for years to come. It is special for first-time parents to get to decide what these traditions are going to be. Here are some traditions that you and your little ones might want to adopt as your own.
1. Wearing matching pajamas
Matching outfits all year long may not be your thing, but it can be an adorable way to bond with your family during the holidays. You can introduce this tradition on your baby's first Christmas. The whole family can open up their new pajamas on Christmas Eve, then wear them to bed and lounge around in style as they open gifts on Christmas morning.
2. A special gift that they will get every year
Trying to find the perfect Christmas gift for your little one can be overwhelming. Your baby will probably get plenty of toys and stuffed animals from your family and friends, so try to use this opportunity to get something more unique and meaningful, such as a train set that you bring out every year, a snow globe, or a classic Christmas movie or book.
3. Pick out stockings
Another wonderful tradition you can introduce is Christmas stockings. Matching stockings are undeniably cue, but mismatched stockings have an eclectic feel that unconventional families will over. Consider having each family member’s name embroidered on their stocking. If you are crafty, you can buy a stocking-making kit, but if you want to make it extra special, get a grandparent or a close family member or friend to make it for your little one.
4. Read a classic Christmas story
Gather a stack of your favorite classic Christmas books and read them to your little one by the light of your tree. Make this a tradition by bringing out these books every year and reading together as a family. This is a simple tradition, but it makes for precious moments that they will treasure even as adults.
5. Go out to see the Christmas lights
Christmas lights are a pretty sight, so why not make them a part of your family tradition? Pick one day in December and spend the evening driving around in your area to find the best light displays. If you’re not sure where to start, a quick Google search can help you discover some phenomenal spots. To make this tradition even more unique, wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweaters or blast a playlist of your favorite Christmas tunes.
6. Buy (or make) Christmas ornaments
Mark your little one's first Christmas with a personalized ornament that will go on the tree every year. You can try making the ornament using a handprint kit or simply order a personalized one online. Just make sure that it is unbreakable.
Christmas traditions are a great way to bond with your little ones. It may be your baby’s first Christmas, but doing the same unique things together at this time of the year will make them look forward to and appreciate the holidays when they’re older.