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Christmas Activities

Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas!

Can you believe Christmas Eve is TOMORROW? What! Just craziness. Anyways- Gracie and I have been super busy getting Christmas gifts together. She’s been loving going shopping with mommy and watching mommy wrap. Her favorite thing lately is trying to grab and crumble up the wrapping paper. So cute. I think she’s really gonna love opening her presents! We’ve been doing some other fun Christmas activities, too! We are checking things off our BUCKET LIST!

Gingerbread House

We built a gingerbread house while Gracie sat in her Chicco high chair and watched! It’s so cute to see Gracie so observant now. She literally watches everything I do! I think it’s so adorable. I haven’t built a gingerbread house in like forever. So that was fun! It was actually a little bit harder than I thought!

Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas!

Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas!

Decorate

We finally decorated our place for Christmas! We put up our tiny tree, stockings, and some lights and other decorations. I also put all my Christmas books up (the ones from teaching!). I’ve started reading some of my favorites to Gracie. Christmas decorations can truly transform the living space. It’s so cozy now! I LOVE IT! We put on Christmas music while we decorated. It was a lot of fun! Gracie loves music. And loves to look at the tree.

Christmas Lights 

We took Gracie through the drive through Christmas Festival of Lights. It’s a huge park where they put tons of beautiful Christmas displays and lights. It takes about 10-15 minutes to drive through. They also give you these 3D glasses to wear and it makes the lights look crazy. I don’t really think Gracie was that interested in the whole lights thing, but she seemed to have fun looking at everyone in the car!

Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas!

Also, as we were waiting in line to buy the tickets, a Santa was walking down the line of cars greeting the kids. Is this not the FREAKIEST Santa picture you’ve ever seen?

Christmas activities for baby's first christmas

Santa Visit

Speaking of Santas… we took Gracie to see a real santa! Well, not “real”, but better than the Santa above. This Santa was at a mall. We had to wait one hour to see him! Gracie actually slept the whole time in line. Then, she woke up right before seeing Santa! I thought for sure she was going to cry, but she didn’t!!! She was super calm, kept looking at Santa, and held onto the white fur part of his coat. It was seriously the CUTEST. I hope I don’t forget to do a Santa picture every year.

Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas!

Christmas Cookies 

Every year, my mom and I would bake Christmas cookies. It’s probably one of our longest traditions. We go all out and make tons of different kinds. It ends up being a huge long day. It seems like every year, we keep adding more and more people to the tradition! I love it! And this year was Gracie’s first time cookie baking! We baked cookies at my Aunt’s new condo this year (so fun!). Gracie ended up sleeping for most of the baking extravaganza, but it was lots of fun! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas! Christmas activities for baby's first Christmas!

What Christmas activities have you been up to!?

Christmas time baby bucket list

Baby's First Christmas! A great bucket list on everything to get done on this special year!

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There is something so cozy and warm about traditions. Growing up, my family always did certain things every year. As a kid, you rely on these traditions and you look forward to them each year. Traditions are comforting. Some of my best memories come from times when we did certain traditions. Each year, we went to this giant christmas tree farm to pick out our tree. We also always made christmas cookies (the same recipes). My Auntie Shar would read the same christmas book each year to my cousin Rachel and I while we sipped hot chocolate with marshmallows. Ah… memories!

Gracie is already 5 months old and we’ve started doing some activities with her that we know will slowly become traditions that we do every year. This year, we took her to a pumpkin patch, went trick-or-treating, and watched the Macy’s Day Parade together. I want to make sure Gracie’s first Christmas is full of new and old traditions. Some of these activities are things that my parents did with me as a kid. Some of them are brand new – but I would love to start doing them each year.

This bucket list is full of fun ideas for Christmas time! We’re going to try to do all of them! I’m sure we won’t end up doing all of these things each year, but I know some of these activities will become traditions.

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Bucket List: Baby’s First Christmas

Drive around to look at Christmas Lights // This is so fun! We actually have this drive through light show near us that we want to take Gracie to! 

Take a photo with Santa // I can’t wait to see the look on Gracie’s face when she sees santa! Bringing the professional camera FOR SURE. 

Get new Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve // This is one of those traditions that we did growing up. We always got jammies to wear for christmas eve. Every year- even still!!! 

Decorate a gingerbread house // I never did this one growing up- but it’s something I want to start with Gracie! 

Decorate the tree // DUH! We gotta do this! I bet babies think Christmas lights are like the coolest thing ever. 

Go to Disney World to see the decorations + lights // Were actually going in 11 days! Stay tuned for lots of pics. 

Make an ornament // We are going to make a few this year since it’s Gracie’s first Christmas! 

Watch Christmas movies // This needs to happen all month. (Actually, I’ve sort of cheated and started watching Christmas movies like November 1st) 

Drink hot chocolate // Yum! Plus this always reminds me of my Auntie Shar. 

Send out Christmas Cards // Gotta get these done, ASAP! 

Play Christmas music // What is it about Christmas music that just instantly makes you happy? My current fav is Pentatonix christmas album. 

Read Christmas books // I actually have a whole box of Christmas books in the attic that my husband Dave needs to get down! 

Tell Gracie the true meaning of Christmas // All of the lights, presents, and decorations are nothing compared to the amazing story of the birth of Jesus. This is the time to celebrate our King’s birthday + to appreciate all He has done and will do. 

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I know Gracie is only 5 months old…and can’t really do any of this (haha!!!). But, I want to start these traditions on her first Christmas, because I know it sets the stage for many years to come. Plus- these are things that I like to do each year anyways! Like I said… I am a fan of traditions.

Download the free printable here!

FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Bucket list | gracefulmommy.com