Whether it’s leaving a mince pie and glass of milk for Santa or being allowed to open a single present on Christmas Eve, we all have our family traditions at Christmas.
The Festive season is even more exciting when it’s with your own home-grown family. Your baby’s first Christmas is the perfect time to introduce some favourite family traditions from your own childhood and create new ones too. It’s all about having fun and making memories.
Decorating the Christmas tree is always an exciting time in our house. Every year I buy a personalised Christmas decoration for my children to hang wherever they like on the tree. Children love being involved and creating something, and of course, I let them put the Christmas Fairy on top of our tree!
I’m a sucker for soft toys. In recent years big toy stores and department stores have brought special Christmas teddy bear. I bought one for each of my children for their first Christmas and it’s become a tradition for us to sit them with their stockings every year since. They are teddy guards, protectors of the presents! You can now buy personalised Christmas teddies with your child’s name embroidered on, which makes it even more special, especially for a first Christmas.
A friend of mine recently introduced us to the joys of a personalised Christmas Eve Box. I’d never seen them before but what a fantastic idea. It’s just big enough to fit a small gift or two inside that children can unwrap and play with before they go to bed. The box has their name on so not only does it build the excitement and anticipation of what’s inside, but there are no arguments over whose present it is! We tried it for the first time last year and found it tires them out. So even with the excitement of Christmas Day approaching they’ll hopefully fall asleep quickly before Father Christmas comes!
No Christmas Eve ritual is complete without leaving a treat for Santa and Rudolph the Reindeer. Everyone has their tradition of what to leave for them. For us it’s a small tot of whisky and mince pie for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph. We have a special plate with a personal message for Santa from the children. Clearly he likes it as all the treats are gone by Christmas morning.
And then to bed! Who doesn’t love a charming Christmas story? Clement Clarke Moore’s glorious festive poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ is an absolute must for us. The story about a visit from St. Nicholas is timeless. We have a personalised version that has the children’s names running through it which they love because they get to search for their name. We first started reading it when they were small but now we read it all together before we lay out their stocking and wish them “…a Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”