Gretchen’s First Christmas

In an effort to not go overboard at Christmas, which I know I am fully capable of doing considering how much I love to buy gifts for people (one of my love languages for sure!) I decided to start the “want, need, wear, read” gift tradition that many are doing nowadays.  In addition, Gretchen will get an ornament every year, just like my mom gave us when we were growing up.  I give Tyler a new ornament every year too, usually related to a vacation we took, big life change, interest/hobby, etc.  This year he got this one:

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Here’s what Gretchen is getting for her first Christmas:

want: personalized bookplates.  Okay so Squirmy is a little young to want anything other than a bottle and something to stare at, so really this is something that I want for her 🙂  For the yearly books she will get we’ll put one of these bookplates inside the cover, establishes those books are “keepers”!  Obviously hers won’t say “Sarah” on them 🙂

Personalized Vintage Blue Bird Bookplates


need: banana toothbrush.  True Squirms has 0 teeth for now (and that is totally fine by me!) but hopefully in a few months she will have some and need to start brushing!  I hear great things about this as a brush and a teething toy.

Baby Banana Bendable Training Toothbrush, Infant

wear: pajamas!  I know many people give their kids Christmas themed jammies every year but I like to keep Christmas clothes confined to Christmas so I got these instead.  $9 at Children’s Place and I got size 3-6 so they will fit thru the spring.

$9 jammies for christmas!

read:  On The Night You Were Born.  Gretchen already has many many books, including lots of classics.  But really they are my books and I may keep some, sell some, donate some, etc. as she gets older and we want to get new ones that spark her interest.  I decided I wanted to give her a book every Christmas for her to keep for her personal collection.  That way she’ll have a nice set of about 18 classic books to read to her own kids someday.  I asked for recommendations on books from friends and this one was mentioned several times.  Can’t wait to read it with her on Christmas!

ornament: Baby’s First Christmas.  I don’t typically buy Hallmark Ornaments but this one called to me.  Elephants are all the rage for babies this year 🙂  Probably all but one of Gretchen’s pj’s have elephants on them so I thought this was fitting.

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What did you give your baby for his or her first Christmas?  Did you establish any traditions the first year or have they evolved over time?