I have to admit for our first Christmas with Jackson this year, I originally put a lot of pressure on myself to make it special. I'm such a huge fan of the Christmas season, and I'm constantly looking for ways to make it more special. But, in all honesty, Christmas loses a lot of the magic when you're stressed about everything being perfect. So I finally decided to let go and enjoy it as it happens, and if we get around to everything we want to do, that's just even better.
That being said, I've still tried to do what I can do make things a little more memorable than usual. Here are a few ideas for making sure your savor your first Christmas with your little one!
1. Make a "Christmas bucket list" - this is a favorite activity that we do every year, and it's a great way to make sure we don't miss out on any of the fun holiday activities we love so much. We used to create an activity advent calendar, but it put too much pressure on us to get an activity done every night, so now we come up with a list of 15 or so things we want to do over the course of the month. This year the list is looking a lot more baby oriented, and we tried to think of activities that Jackson can enjoy with us. This has helped us stay focused on enjoying the season and taking some time regularly for holiday activities.
2. Send out Christmas cards. I absolutely love Christmas cards, but the last couple of years we have skipped them due to finances. This year I was absolutely determined to send them out, so we bought some generic cards on sale at Target, took a cute family photo in the backyard, and used washi tape to attach one to the inside of each card. I still get the personalized feel that I love and Mr. Garland is happy because it was way cheaper than ordering them online!