With my first pregnancy, the baby was due on 12th December. And during those nine months, I looked forward to how lovely it would be to spend a first Christmas with my newborn baby. Except it didn't really pan out like that - by 25th December I was still shuffling around, nine and a half months pregnant, wondering if this baby was ever going to turn up. She finally made an appearance on the 27th.
And that's the thing about babies - they're completely oblivious to the calendar that the rest of us live by. In fact, you can be pretty sure that children up to at least two are unaware that there's a festive season underway.
So don't tie yourself up in knots about buying them expensive presents - they really are only interested in the packaging, especially if it's nice scrunchy paper. They might like the twinkly lights on the tree, but that's about as far as it goes.
So if this is your baby's first Christmas, remember that you don't have to do much to make it a special time. At this age, it's all special. If you really want to mark the occasion, buy them a shiny balloon and stick a few quid in their savings account.
When my son was 18 months old, his big Christmas present was a new car seat. More practical than a teddy bear. And as it turned out, he was ill on Christmas Day, and enjoyed spending much of it propped up in his padded seat, like a royal lord. As children get older, they will become more aware of it all, and more vocal about how they want to celebrate. But for now, make it easy on yourself and keep it simple!
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