Traditions To Start On Baby’s First Christmas

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday! It’s not because of the presents, but because of the nostalgia and excitement that comes with continuing our family traditions each year.

There are so many traditions to start on Baby’s first Christmas, but you may be wondering how your little one can participate during their first year.

Artie’s first Christmas is one month away and I could not be more excited to share our family traditions with him and even start new ones of our own!

If you are as excited as I am, check out my list of traditions to start on Baby’s first Christmas!

Stocking Stuffers

Fill your baby’s first stocking with age appropriate toys! There are so many things you can fill your little one’s stocking with like pacifiers, teethers, and toys! Find more stocking stuffer ideas for Baby’s first Christmas here!

You can choose a personalized Baby’s First Christmas Stocking or opt for a classic set, like this, that will last your family many years to come!

baby's first christmas traditions personalized stocking

Matching Pajamas

How cute are these matching Christmas pajamas? I can’t wait to wake up in our matching PJ’s on Artie’s first Christmas morning!

This is a tradition that you can start now and continue throughout your baby’s childhood. Take pictures together each year and try to outdo last year’s PJ’s!

traditions to start on baby's first christmas, pajamas for the family

One Gift on Christmas Eve

Growing up this was one of my favorite Christmas traditions. As a child, it’s so exciting to get a little taste of Christmas the night before!

As a family we would each open one gift before bedtime, and the rest on Christmas Day. I definitely plan to continue this fun tradition with Artie, starting on my baby’s first Christmas!

Christmas Tree

Whether your tree is real or fake, tall or small, start your Christmas Tree traditions on Baby’s first Christmas! If you prefer a fake tree this one is beautiful! It looks SO real and comes already lit!

We will take Artie to pick out our tree on Black Friday, and decorate it while listening to Christmas music (Mariah Carey Christmas on Pandora)!

I love kicking off Christmas as soon as possible so we can celebrate all month long! *Never leave your little one unattended with the Christmas tree! Ornaments can be broken and hooks can be swallowed!

Baby's first christmas traditions, choosing a tree with Dad!


Elf on the Shelf

If you have a young baby it may be too early to start playing hide and seek with your Elf on the Shelf, but if your baby is on the move, why not start this tradition on your baby’s first Christmas?

Hide the elf on low shelves or furniture so your little one notices it while exploring your home. He may not find it every day but it will be exciting for everyone when he does!

If your baby is too young to find the elf take a photo of them together to show your child when he is older, and has grown to love this fun Christmas tradition!

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Cookies for Santa

Leave cookies and milk out for Santa starting on Baby’s first Christmas! Your little one might be too young to help bake Santa’s cookies this year, but It will be a fun and delicious treat for Mom and Dad!

Family Christmas Card

Take a photo together and send out an annual, family Christmas card! You can sign the card from Baby using his footprint! Check it out here!

Favorite Christmas Movie

I don’t usually encourage Artie to watch TV but we can make an exception on his first Christmas right?! This is a great way to get your family together for some hot chocolate and a few laughs!

My favorite Christmas movie is Jim Carrey’s The Grinch! What are your favorite Christmas movies?

traditions to start on baby's first christmas, favorite christmas movie "the grinch"

Annual Event

Whether you attend a church service or a local Christmas event, start this tradition on your baby’s first Christmas!

A town near mine requires every resident to decorate their home so the entire town lights up. Cars line up for miles to drive through the Christmas town!

We kicked off Artie’s first Christmas by visiting a local garden decorated with lights!

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It is never too soon to start teaching our children the importance of giving.

A great way to donate during the holidays is to fill a shoe box with small gifts, through Operation Christmas Child.

You can provide Christmas for a child that would not have one otherwise. For busy moms there is even an option to build your shoe box online!

Meet Santa

There is nothing quite like the anticipation of bringing your baby to meet Santa for the first time! Will he smile? Will he scream?

Either way, your family will have a great time introducing Baby to Santa! I was so nervous to see how Artie would react but he loved Santa!

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Make an Ornament

Let your child get creative and make a homemade ornament to hang on the tree each year! You can use this kit to imprint your baby’s handprint on their first ornament, or let your child paint one of these blank ornaments each year.

We had so much fun with this on my baby’s first Christmas!

traditions to start on baby's first christmas, christmas ornament to make with baby's handprint

Read Christmas Books

I read a book to Artie every night as part of his bedtime routine. Introduce your favorite Christmas stories to your baby during the month of December, and enjoy reading them over and over again each year!


book to read on baby's first christmas "The Night Before Christmas"

Meal With Family

Plan a meal to have as a family each year! Whether you meet for dinner on Christmas Eve or lunch on Christmas Day, this will be a wonderful time for your family to spend together!

Keep it simple or include your extended family members and a gift exchange! This is a tradition that will begin on Baby’s first Christmas and will last a lifetime.

Christmas Village

Start a Christmas Village on your baby’s first Christmas! Set it up in your home when you decorate for the holidays and add a new piece every year!

This is a wonderful tradition that can be passed down for generations.
christmas village in the snow

Track Santa

Start the excitement early and see what Santa is up to starting December 1! Your baby may not understand this year, but Mom and Dad can have fun tracking Santa too!

As your child grows older they will love checking in on Santa as Christmas draws near!


Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Baby's first Christmas traditions, family photo with Santa






What traditions will your family start on Baby’s first Christmas? Let me know in the comments!




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