From Parent Cue:
CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS WITH YOUR NEW BABY
This is an excerpt from the book One and Two by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner
What you do every week matters.
And what you do every week matters more when it happens over time.
But there are some moments that only come around seasonally, annually, or once in a lifetime. And the way you celebrate those moments have a different kind of impact.
Over the next eighteen years with your child, some moments will . . .
create a shared experience.
mark a significant milestone.
begin an annual tradition.
Christmas is one of the best holidays to have a few family traditions. Whether your traditions remain constant or change with the phases, go ahead and try a few this year to embrace the faith, joy, and energy your toddler will bring to Christmas.
Four Gift Ideas: Your toddler probably doesn’t have a long wish list—but you might. Ask doting friends and relatives to help by choosing gifts that fit into one of four categories: something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read.
Nativity Story Time: If you have a nativity in your home, show your toddler the different pieces as you set up the scene. Talk about the characters and tell the story as you put the pieces in place.
Christmas Traditions: Continue or establish other traditions like:
- New pajamas on Christmas Eve
- A keepsake ornament for the tree
- A visit to Santa (even if they cry when you hand them to the bearded stranger)
- A drive through the sparkling lights
- A special Christmas book to read before bed