Christmas is the most special time of the year. Even though your baby may be too young to participate in some holiday traditions there are plenty of fun ways that you make Christmas special for your baby that they will appreciate when they get older. The most important part of the holidays is being with the ones that you have love. Creating fun holiday activities and traditions for your child when your child is young will teach your child the importance of being with family during the holidays and give them special moments to remember as they get older. Here are a few great ideas from other parents that you can use to start some unique holiday traditions and make the holidays a time filled with great memories for your child:
Start an Ornament Collection
A great way to make the holidays special for your child is to start an ornament collection for them. Each year buy or make a special ornament for your child. Make sure that the year is written or printed somewhere on the ornament. As your child grows having a special ornament for each year of their life will make a beautiful collection that they will treasure when they get older. Making the ornaments instead of buying them is a wonderful holiday tradition for parents and children. You don’t have to be particularly crafty to make an ornament either. Salt dough ornaments are easy to make. Or you can just decorate a regular ornament with paint, glitter and other supplies.
Read Them Holiday Classics
It’s never too early to start reading to your child. As Christmas comes closer you can make it a holiday tradition to read the classic holiday books like Twas The Night Before Christmas, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer or How The Grinch Stole Christmas. When your child is older you can read the books together to get your child some wonderful warm holiday memories of the special time that you spent together reading.
There are dozens of fun holiday crafts that are appropriate for children of all ages. Some of them do get messy so you might want to have a baby bib or some dribble bibs closeby because your baby will get pretty dirty. You can easily make kid-friendly edible fingerpaint by mixing cornstarch and water with food colouring. That paint can be used to make handprints or footprints to mark your child’s growth each year. Or you can use the edible paint to decorate salt dough ornaments.
You can also just let your child loose on some art paper or butcher paper with red and green edible finger paint and let them create a Christmas masterpiece. Get it framed and hang it up during the holidays each year as a special Christmas decoration if you want to remember those special times when your child was little. And as a bonus, their infant Christmas art will really embarrass them when they become teenagers.