Our first was a January baby, so she was a lot bigger at Christmas time. If you have a little one, it’s nice to somehow capture their first holiday season and to have something to look back at when they’re old enough to drive a car (or to drive you nuts). Here are some ways to remember this special time.
- Christmas tree photo: Take a photo of your little one in a basket under the tree or on a pretty blanket. If they are old enough to sit up you can place them in a gift box or bag and have them peek out. This is best done with daylight, not in the evening.
- One hour video: If you have a video camera, shoot some footage of the highlights of the baby’s first Christmas. Even simple things like dressing, bath time, and feeding will bring a smile to your face watching it several years from now.
- Sign it: Create a little sign with either the baby’s age in months (I am 2 months old!) or the date (like 01.01.2012) and take photos of the baby holding it.
- Time capsule: Make a time capsule to open in ten or twenty years with the baby’s clothing that they already grew out of, their footprints, tiny socks, and newborn hat from the hospital. Write a little note about what you think and feel or address it to your baby that will be grown up when the box is opened.
- Hire a professional: Taking your own photos is great of course (and free), especially if you have a good eye and a good camera. Sometimes though things are best left to the pros. We had a photo session for baby T when he was just 5 days old (above) and the results are way better than anything I could have come up with.
- Pick a prop: Find a spot in your home or a prop (a piece of furniture or fine millwork for example) that isn’t going to change for the next few years. Take a photo of your baby (or babies) in the same spot every year at Christmas time. You can gradually make a photo wall of these images collected over the years or print them all at once after ten years and gawk at how incredibly fast they grow up!