5 Lovely Ways to Remember Baby’s First Christmas

Image courtesy Nicole Hempeck
Image courtesy Nicole Hempeck

At our house we do the holidays big, especially Christmas.  After my husband and I got married, I bugged him each and every year to do photo cards and he always declined.  He wanted to wait until we had children.  You better believe that when my first son was born in 2009 our Christmas card that year was a photo of him sitting on Santa's lap, looking terrified.  The baby's first Christmas Santa Claus photo is a must, but there are so many other great ways to remember baby's first Christmas, as well.

handprint ornament
Image via Mandy Chiappini

Tiny Hands Make for Sweet Ornaments

One of my favorite ways to commemorate my child's first Christmas is with a handmade ornament. I have been in love with this baby's first Christmas handprint ornament since Mandy posted it on her blog, A Sorta Fairytale.

blue theme Christmas tree
Image via Stephanie Manzo

Theme Your Holiday Around Your Little One

Themed Christmas trees have been popular for many, many years. Stephanie Stratton-Manzo decorated her entire Christmas tree in blue for her baby boy's first Christmas. She included a hand drawn ornament, a Santa picture ornament, and various blue ornaments.

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canvas Christmas tree handpring
Image via Mindi Stavish

Commemorate Their Age Through Art

For my second son's first Christmas I decided to do a handprint canvas art, instead of an ornament. This is a simple and inexpensive craft project that will be treasured and displayed for many years to come.

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baby's first christmas ornaments
Image via Krista Karels

Makes Something with Your Own Hands

Due to my love of knitting I am excited to knit my six month old a tiny Christmas sock ornament, just as Krista Karels did for her son's first Christmas. The cross stitch ornament she made for her daughter's first Christmas is super creative too! If you have a creative art that you enjoy, use it to create a special treasure that will not only commemorate your child's first Christmas, but their mother's handy-work as well!

Salt Dough Ornament
Image via Mindi Stavish

Keep it Simple & Involve the Kids: Salt Dough for Handprints and Feet

This year the first Christmas craft on my list was to make salt dough handprint ornaments. I used Melissa's tutorial on her blog, while it rains because it's a simple three ingredient dough – items likely found in your pantry – and  so easy to make. I just love how my baby boy's ornament came out and will be sure to do these ornaments next year, as well.

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What special things do you do to remember baby's first Christmas?

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5 Lovely Ways to Remember Baby’s First Christmas

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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3 comments

  1. liz says:

    i didnt think about first Christmas, but my sister in law did, she had three kids already, and now im so thankful with her for doing that

  2. Alicia says:

    We did this ornament this year and it is a lot harder then it looks. We tried a few times with the same result and it smudged every time. It was still a great idea! Even though it doesn’t look like a hand print we know it is and still hung it on the tree 🙂

  3. Ally says:

    I already have plans to do the glitter hand prints once she gets here. Although I got a lager ball so I can put feet on it too. I also really like the hand print tree will most likely do with both children next year.

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