Baby’s First Holiday Season
Baby’s First Holiday Season
‘Tis the season for merriment and joy! No matter what faith you belong to, whether you are gearing up to decorate a Christmas tree, light the Menorah, or celebrate in some other way, this time of year usually invites all kinds of happy memories and traditions.
Traditions that become even more exciting to partake in if you have recently welcomed a new member of your family.
Admit it: there was just something more magical about the holidays when you were a kid. The lights were brighter, the smiles wider, and everything just seemed right in the world. That wasn’t even just about the presents (though the presents certainly didn’t hurt!) It was more about the general atmosphere, and the excitement of being able to spend this time with people you loved.
Guess what? Having a baby of your own brings some of that magic back! Because now… you’re seeing the holidays through a child’s eyes all over again. Even if your baby is still too young to really know what’s going on, you’re able to picture their joy and excitement in the years to come, imagining what the future holidays have in store for you. And that alone is enough to infuse you with a little magic once more.
Baby’s first holiday season can be a truly exciting time. Are you going to take him or her to see Santa? Have you ordered a new stocking yet? Are cousins excitedly singing Hanukah songs and spinning the Dreidel? And are the holiday celebrations going to serve as an opportunity for some of your friends and family members to meet your little one for the first time?
Whatever you’re doing, make sure you bring your camera along—baby’s first holiday season is absolutely something you should be documenting! Especially because this is usually a time when so many of the people you love and care about are together, likely fawning all over your baby. Capture those moments while you can!
But know that even with all the excitement, it’s okay to feel a little overwhelmed during your baby’s first holiday season. After all, the holidays are kind of overwhelming. Especially if you’ve got a very young baby you are also trying desperately to keep on a schedule. That can be harder when you are surrounding by family, all begging you to stay a little longer as they pass your baby around.
It can also be hard if traditions from the past have you traveling for the holidays, or spending the bulk of our time at the homes of friends and relatives. You may find that this first year with your baby, especially, you want to start making your own traditions in your own home.
Know what you’re willing to commit to ahead of time, and don’t feel bad if you and your partner decide, as a family, that you want to keep things a little more low-key this year. Think about what you want for years to come, as your baby grows older and more aware of what’s going on, and start building those traditions now.
It’s important to remember that there are no right or wrong answers when it comes to how you celebrate the holidays. This first holiday season with your baby? It’s the time that you get to start defining that, envisioning your holidays in the future, and deciding how you want to make that vision a reality.
So embrace that freedom. And the excitement. And the magic.
This is just the first of many years of holiday traditions to come. And your child’s eyes will light up for each and every one.