Your baby’s arrived during the past year and you and your family are getting ready to celebrate his or her First Christmas! Your little one might be almost one year old, or could be a newborn, but it’s likely that in either case he or she won’t really remember the First Christmas, or even really get what’s going on and what all the fuss is about. Some things really count though, photographs, lots and lots of them. Take tons of pictures of the baby, mommy and daddy, grandparents, the Christmas tree, your pets with the baby, and even Santa if possible. And next, be sure to pick one or more personalized Baby’s First Christmas ornaments as a memento of that special holiday celebration.
Baby’s First Christmas Ornament
Baby photography can be tricky. Most babies are just naturally photogenic, but to get that very special expression, the one you want to remember forever, take lots and lots of pictures. Aren’t cell and smart phones great these days? You can take the photo and check the images right away. You can take 100 to get the best one or two, and most phones even have a little photo shop type software built into the phone so you can crop, adjust color, zoom in or out, and make it perfect.
As you are getting ready for the holiday, take pictures of everything you do together with the baby. Will you try for a photo with Santa? Of course, it will depend upon the age of your baby, and what he or she is going through right now with new people and strangers. Santa is a pretty unique looking character and who knows, your child might find him hilarious, or maybe he will be scary. You know your baby and use your best instincts. There will be many more years ahead to have a photo with Santa. As a substitute, you might get a little red Santa hat with white fuzzy fake fur around the bring, and make a darling photo of the baby wearing it.
If you go shopping for a Christmas tree, or go out to cut down a tree, you can let your child help pick one, and be sure to take pictures of this. Take the baby out to see bright Christmas lights decorating homes at night, or a place where children are playing around lighted Christmas theme decorations. Photo ops abound. Go for a sleigh ride! Or make a trip up to the snow. All of these events will make up a lovely baby album of a first Christmas holiday celebration. It’s amazing how reasonably priced you can have a photo album made up at a place such as Shutterfly. Your baby will have it forever, and as an extra bonus, think of how much the grandparents would love to have one too.
Another wonderful use for photos of Baby’s First Christmas is for the baby’s first personalized ornament. Print a photo yourself if you have a color printer, and make it be the size of a mini school photo. This will fit perfectly into one of our darling Baby’s First Christmas photo frame ornaments.
Choosing your Baby’s First Christmas ornament is a fun process. Do you want to go with traditional type ornament styles, like a glass ball, or a blown glass ornament that is shaped like a rattle or baby bootie? These are usually found at your local Hallmark store in the Mall, where you can really ascertain how large they are and how durable they will be over the years. The European glass ornaments are very elegant and gorgeous, and expensive. But it will be something that is treasured in the family and one she will take to her own home when she grows up.
Another style of ornament is a theme-oriented one, such as a Disney ornament, or even an NFL baby ornament! Yes, those are truly available on eBay, using a football helmet holding a sleeping baby, available in all the different team colors. Think of other famous Christmas theme designs – Dr. Seuss and the Grinch, Peanuts ornaments designed by Charles Schultz, Star Trek First Christmas ornaments, and the like.
Then there are the ornaments you can make yourself. Be sure to read our blog post How to Make Your Own Dough Ornaments at Home.
If you have other children, this is one of the most fun things you can do with them to help them make their own unique ornaments each year. And they can also help with their new sibling’s ornament too, but making one for the baby. If this is your first child, mommy and daddy can make a few and see which one is chosen. Glaze it several times with polyurethane (non-yellowing, high gloss), and then personalize it with a super fine point black permanent marker.
Another craft project is one of our all-time favorite Baby’s First Christmas ornaments – a baby’s handprint kit with a special Calliope Designs ornament attachment make and personalized with your baby’s birth statistics, or name and First Christmas with the year. We have a special video showing how to make and assemble this amazing ornament. This style comes in blue for boys and pink for girls! You’ll be amazed at how quickly your child’s hand grows as she or he compares it to the ornament each year at Christmas.
A personalized Christmas ornament is a wonderful way to go for your Baby’s First Christmas ornament. We specialize in these styles and have made quite a few choices of favorite baby subjects to give the ornament choice some traditional feel, some handcrafted feel, and certainly an amazingly cute, darling, and adorable feel! The ornaments that are most frequently chosen are the ones that have all of the baby’s birth statistics inscribed in permanent black ink right on the design, with the year and First Christmas added with his or her name. Since our “personalizers” are all extremely skilled in the art of lettering, our customers love the darling little baby bear in stocking (pink, blue, and red if you are not sure!), our rocking horses (also in pink, blue, and red), our photo frame choices, and penguin designs.
Remember, your child’s first Christmas is a special day that will be recalled with all the beautiful photos you take, the happy experiences you share with your baby and your Baby’s First Christmas ornament. We think a personalized item from Calliope Designs is a fabulous choice to start his or her personalized ornament collection.