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First Christmas as a parent

Very often it’s the big events and occasions that highlight how much our lives change when we become parents. If this is your baby’s first Christmas, you can be sure it will be nothing like Yuletides of old…

Season’s greetings

Christmas past

You really couldn’t be bothered sending cards and only posted off a few to satisfy your older relatives. Who needs the faff of having to assemble cards, addresses and stamps in this day and age?

Christmas present

Suddenly it seems really important (and fun) to send festive greetings to friends old and new. You’ve even arranged some mini photos of your own little Christmas angel to enclose. You’ll just never tire of the thrill of scribbling your new sign-off, which now includes your baby’s name after your own.

Comfort and joy

Christmas past

You’d pore over the TV guide to plan your must-watch viewing. What other time of year can you stay in your PJs all day binge-watching box sets?

Christmas present

You can’t remember the last time you watched a film to the end. You’re so tired you normally nod off after about 10 minutes. Looks like the Balamory Christmas special may be the highlight of your festive viewing this year.

Deck the halls

Christmas past

You and your partner would decorate the tree with nostalgic music playing in the background and a seasonal tipple to create the perfect mood.

Christmas present

Uh oh! Your little one started crawling last week, so now it’s a race against time to get the tree up and barricaded out of reach. Suddenly everything is a potential safety hazard, from the fairy lights and delicate baubles on the tree, to the to the presents underneath, which all seem to act like a magnet for little hands.

Santa baby

Christmas past

You’d spend hours trawling the shops for the perfect outfit for the festivities. It was lovely to treat yourself to something new.

Christmas present

Why do the shops have to stock so many irresistibly cute baby clothes? So far you’ve bought a reindeer onesie, Christmas tree socks, a Santa jumper and a hat that resembles a Christmas pudding. It didn’t cross your mind to buy yourself anything new, but last year’s special top will be subtly updated with this season’s must-have accessory – a trail of drool.

Driving home for Christmas

Christmas past

You’d finish work, saunter home from your office Christmas lunch, throw a few things in a suitcase and head off for a relaxing few days with the family.

Christmas present

You’re off to your in-laws on your first big car trip with your baby. So far you’ve spent four days washing, shopping, planning and planning and packing for the journey. You’re still nowhere near ready, and to borrow a line from Jaws ‘you’re gonna need a bigger boot!’

Eat, drink and be merry

Christmas past

Christmas dinner was a leisurely affair of deliciousness, something to savour, even linger over, with a nice glass of something to accompany every course.

Christmas present

In spite of military-style planning to ensure the meal is served to coincide with your baby’s nap time, the turkey has taken longer than expected. You’ve all tried whispering round the table, but it’s no good. Your baby is WIDE AWAKE and they want to be in on the action. You spend the rest of the meal with a wriggly small person on your lap, trying to eat with one hand while stopping them knocking over glasses and tipping the gravy boat over their head.

Do they know it’s Christmas?

Christmas past

As well as eating and drinking, the big day was all about fun, relaxation, and catching up with your nearest and dearest, followed by the annual bickerfest of course.

Christmas present

While this may be a special occasion for you, for your baby it’s very much business as usual and their many demands still need to be met. This can have its uses though. If you find being cooped up with all your relatives a bit intense, naps, feeds and nappy changes all make great excuses to escape for a bit. Sorry folks, but I’m going to have to sit out this next round of charades!

Christmas future

Ok, so the lounging around and leisurely lunches may be a thing of the past, but you’ve seen the look of wonder on your little one’s face when you watched The Snowman together and you’re already experiencing the magic of childhood through their eyes. You’ve got a feeling that Christmases will just get better and better when they start to actually get it, and you can’t wait to start your own traditions with them, but for now, this really is going to be your best Christmas ever.

Spending Christmas away from home? Check out our travel tips… Hosting Christmas this year? Try this recipe for roast turkey in three easy steps.

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