First Christmas

Your baby's first Christmas can be a very exciting time for you and a very overwhelming time for your baby. Depending on your baby's age, they may not understand what is happening. They may not be interested in opening ten Christmas presents in one sitting. The chaos of Christmas may be overwhelming and frightening for young babies. Older babies will still not understand what is happening, but they will love tearing and playing with all that wrapping paper.

Most parents want to commemorate their baby's first Christmas with more than just the obligatory picture on Santa's knee. At the same time, they don't want to be haunted by decorations that scream "Baby's First Christmas" when it's baby's 14th Christmas. Someone will give you the "Baby's First Christmas" sleeper with matching Santa hat. Few babies, no matter how adamant their parents may be, get through the holiday without that sleeper popping up somewhere. Luckily, your baby does grow and fabric does decay, but there are other options that you may enjoy looking at for many years.

A popular item used to commemorate your baby's first Christmas is the sterling silver Christmas tree ornament. Silver Christmas tree ornaments are available in a variety of shapes. Some may be a simple recreation of a ball ornament, some are baby rattles, and some may be Christmas stockings. Sterling silver Christmas tree ornaments can be engraved with your baby's name and birth date to commemorate the event. These simple ornaments can be hung on your tree every year afterwards as a reminder of that first year.

You can buy or create your baby's first Christmas stocking. Quilted stockings become family heirlooms that your grown baby will want to take with them when they leave home. Beautiful store bought stockings are easily mistaken as handcrafted stockings and last just as long. Either stocking can be embroidered with your baby's name and can be used for years to come.

A porcelain figurine or music box can also commemorate your baby's first Christmas. Many porcelain figurines are available, starting in October, depicting an angel or an infant and those three key words that make it all clear.

If the traditional commemorative items don't tickle your fancy, you can create your own memory to celebrate this momentous first holiday. Create red and green hand or footprints in simple clay and turn them into tree decorations. Take a family portrait around the tree every year to chart your baby's growth. Anything made of fabric can be embroidered to commemorate your baby's first Christmas and become a lasting memory.

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