I like to make the most of the holiday season without trying to fit too much in, and one way that I maximize our holiday activities each season is by creating a holiday bucket list. You may remember last year’s list, but I’ll have to admit our holiday season looks a little bit different this year with baby in tow. So, instead of trying to focus on all the things I want to do this year, I figured I’d focus on the things we can do with our little one to make the most of her first Christmas. (Which, let’s be honest, still involves all the things I want to do too.) If you want to make your baby’s first (or second, third, fourth…) Christmas extra-memorable, consider a few or all of the activities on this Holiday Bucket List with Baby.
Must-Do Holiday Bucket List Activities with Baby
1. Get a Picture with Santa
I’m all about documenting growth from month to month and eventually year to year. A picture with Santa is the perfect way to do this each year.
2. Take Family Photos
Again, I want to be able to chronicle how our family has grown over the years in picture form, so a family photo is definitely a must-do holiday activity. It’s perfect too because this doubles as a backdrop for our Christmas cards.
3. Make a Handprint Ornament
We make ornaments every year, and I can’t wait to make this year’s! I plan on using a salt dough base and doing cutouts, but I’ll be certain to make a few with Grace’s little handprints and probably footprints too. These ornaments will be precious keepsakes that I cherish for years to come.
4. See the Lights
We love to look at the Christmas lights anyway, but it makes it all the more magical the way that our baby girl is entranced by them. We’ll definitely be making a trip or two around the block to see all the beautiful holiday light displays.
5. Put Up Baby’s First Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree is always my favorite holiday décor anyway and involves a daylong outing to hunt for the perfect tree, cut it down, bring it home, and put it up. It is even more special this year, though, with it being Grace’s first tree. We made sure to get lots of pictures of the day and included her in all of it even though she is just a wee one.
6. Read the Christmas Story
We want to instill the true meaning of Christmas into our baby girl even at an early age, so we’ll certainly be reading the Christmas story throughout the holiday season.
7. Sit by the Christmas Tree
While baby girl can’t necessarily enjoy a mug of hot chocolate or even bite into a delicious Christmas cookie yet, she can admire the tree with us. So, we’ll be doing plenty of sitting and just enjoying the tree this holiday season.
8. Complete a Service Project
This is one that baby girl won’t completely understand this year, but serving is something that we want to instill in her from the very beginning. We’ve done some different projects, but one of our favorites this time of year is shopping for presents for those who might not have a Christmas otherwise. And, baby girl is no newcomer to a shopping trip, so we can certainly make this a family service project this year and for the years to come!
9. Watch Christmas Movies
I’m a sucker for Christmas movies (and may have started watching some even before Thanksgiving this year…), and this year is no different. The colors and sounds of the movies definitely draw the baby’s attention and make for a fun family activity on cold evenings.
10. Sing Christmas Carols
Grace loves listening to music, and she is already interacting when you talk directly to her. So, what could be more fun than singing Christmas carols with her?! I have already been listening to Christmas music with her and plan to pick out a carol that I sing to her regularly too.
Baby might not remember a lot from his or her first Christmas, but you certainly will especially if you take the time to relax, enjoy, and focus on just a few fun activities. We’ve already completed a few of our holiday bucket list activities, and I can’t wait to complete the rest!
What is on your holiday bucket list? Will you complete yours with a baby in tow or sans little ones?