The holiday season is a time when families spread all across the nation come together to celebrate. If you are planning on welcoming a new one to the family at this time, you are especially lucky. Your child will get the chance to meet the whole family and be showered with love soon after birth. In preparations for your infant's arrival, you will want to plan on sending birth announcements to all your family members and friends. Start your planning early by picking out holiday themed birth announcements. You will want to include a seasonal picture of your new family member in these cards, so get a jump on the season by planning a holiday photo shoot. Here are some ideas for making the photo shoot, and subsequent announcements, a huge success:
Chances are your newborn will be sleeping during the photo shoot, so the picture will no doubt be cute. Add an additional bit of fun with a Santa hat. For those looking forward to celebrating Christmas, consider your infant as an early gift. Any Santa hat will do, but it may be even better to have your child's name sewn into the hem for a keepsake. If possible, seat your baby in a miniature sleigh, or have him or her hold onto a large bag of presents.
Regardless of what holiday you plan to celebrate, you can seasonally coordinate your photos with some warm knit hats and jackets. Use an outfit you have knit yourself, or select an outfit that was sent from a relative. Continue the wintry theme with a little bit of fake snow falling in the background. If you don't want your little one too close to fake snow, an alternative could be to situate your child on a soft, white, wool blanket.
If you have the opportunity, do the photo shoot while you are setting up your family Christmas tree or Menorah. Display your infant as either a cute ornament, or as the littlest helper. This photo idea is a wonderful way to involve the whole family in the shoot.
You will want to choose cards that will complement your photo themes. For the pictures of your newborn in a Santa hat, Pear Tree Greetings' Precious Holiday Ornament birth announcement is ideal. This card is also a great keepsake, and can be hung on the tree each year. Or, keep to the Santa theme by choosing Pear Tree's Candy Cane Stripes Ribbon Booklet. This card allows you to include multiple photos and features the clever phrase, "Santa came early this year."
Couples looking to avoid any holiday affiliation can send a winter-themed announcement, such as Pear Tree's Round the Evergreen birth announcements. These cards feature pine trees and pine cones. For your pictures, have your child wear a cozy knit outfit, or consider taking a picture that will have your child surrounded by stuffed versions of some winter animals.
If your family celebrates Hanukkah, choose Pear Tree's Snowflake Kaleidoscope card. This note is in blue and features a few symbols of winter.