Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself.
-Francis C. Farley
There are just two more weeks until Christmas and I can’t keep my enthusiasm to myself. It will be our baby’s first Christmas! Of course, now she is way too young to make any memories or to understand what all the fuss is about. However, I want her to have the best time, even if we’re not able to do some of the traditional advent activities.
I’ve tried to come up with a small list of activities which is suitable for a 6-9 month old. If you have any suggestion, I would be grateful if you would share it with us in the comment section!
Find special Christmas decorations
Fill your house with different Christmas ornaments and symbols, depending on your beliefs, faith or taste. Even the smallest babies will enjoy different visual and sound experiences. You don’t have to go big, our daughter was well amused by colorful light garlands and enjoyed the new taste of tangerines.
Start a new Christmas tradition
Baby’s first Christmas is a good cause to start a new tradition. It can be completely anything – sending out holiday cards, making DIY presents or ornaments, whipping up a special meal, visiting Santa, donating, etc. We, in turn, have installed a Christmas tree for the first time, but I’m not sure our baby even noticed it.
Dress warm and set off together to discover your neighborhood’s Christmas lights and decorations. The department stores windows are adorned with the most stunning festive decorations and streets are full of glorious fragrances of cinnamon, fresh pine and hot chocolate. Our favorite attraction, of course, is Galeries Lafayette’s window displays. They excite a lot, and not only children.
Wrap presents and play in wrapping paper or boxes
Our baby is too small to help decorate a Christmas tree or to bake the cookies together, but for sure she is not too small to enjoy a mess. When I wrapped the presents I gave her paper scraps, ribbons and empty boxes to play with. She enjoyed them more than any fancy toy. Also, I was able to focus on wrapping, knowing she is close to me and entertained.
Take holiday photos
Dress your baby in the Christmas outfits and take a holiday photo shoot. It doesn’t have to be a professional one (is it only me or December is the most expensive month of the year?). We took photos with a phone in our living room, and they turned out great! Captured moment is all that matters. It’s a good souvenir, plus, you can send the photos to your family and the closest friends as Christmas cards. If not, read below!
Create Your Own Handprint/ footprint Christmas cards
I like to cheer people with handmade stuff and this year I wanted to do it together with my little one, so I started to search for an inspiration on the internet. This is the first thing that shows up on Pinterest when you type “baby” + “Christmas”. At first, I thought this is way too banal, but then I imagined how happy would be my grandparents to receive such greeting. So we tried to make some using only foot (unfortunately, it was impossible with hands), and, surprisingly, our footprint Christmas trees came out pretty well. However, I have to say that the idea of putting your never-stay-in-place and grab-everything-you-can baby next to a paint is not as good as it may seem.
If you also want to turn your baby into a Grinch, I found you some very useful tips from other mom’s blog (click on the link) for better and, most important, clean art.
Read sensory Christmas books together
I remember my mother was reading me Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. It is one of my very first memories of a childhood. I want to do the same with my child to create in her a passion for reading, and at her age, the best way to do it is to read sensory books. You’ll be surprised by how much she enjoys it. I think a book is the only thing she doesn’t try to put in her mouth, so we’ve decided to ask Santa for various interactive board books for Christmas.
Watch your favorite Christmas movies or cartoons
It’s never too early to introduce your baby to little Kevin.
Spend time with family and friends
Advent season is the time when our inner child wakes up at it’s fullest to remind us the feeling of the joy and delight we used to feel in the faraway days. What can be better than to share these feelings with our closed ones? This year we have invited all our family to celebrate Christmas at our place for our baby to feel a familial atmosphere and, of course, love. I want to encourage you to do the same because this is what Christmas is about.