Expecting Santa to deliver you a little bundle of joy this holiday season? Maybe you’re choosing the holidays to break the exciting news to friends and family about a new pregnancy. Regardless of whether you’ll be announcing a new pregnancy or a new arrival, why not announce it in a special way this holiday season.
Sure, you can choose to simply send a picture of your sonogram to your loved ones, but it’s worth a little extra effort to make the memory even more special by adding a holiday element to your big surprise. Below are a few ways that you can share news of your pregnancy in a fun and creative way this holiday season.
Baby Candy Cane
Why not mix an announcement with a fun little treat alongside it? For your holiday card this year, take two regular sized candy canes and face them towards each other, forming a heart, and place a smaller candy cane in the middle.
Take a miniature stocking and place it inside a gift box, and place it inside the tree; for added fun, put that box in a bigger box to really throw off any suspicions. Address it to your loved one and watch their reaction whenever they unwrap it!
Thanks to the internet, there are all sorts of ways to customize your own ornament, or you can make one yourself at home. Find a design or materials that you like and write something either simple or witty to announce your new arrival. When it comes time to trim the tree, make sure that decorating the tree is a family event, or you can give the gift of an ornament announcement.
Elf on the Shelf
One of the best recent family traditions is “Elf on the Shelf,” but instead of simply moving it from place to place, put two elves on the shelf together on a mantle and put a picture of your sonogram between them. Snap a picture for your Christmas card or share it on social media.
You can choose either a witty saying, such as “Santa isn’t the only thing coming to town!” or something more generic, but putting a phrase on a onesie and taking a picture of it is one of the cutest ways to announce that you are expecting.
Hang an Extra Stocking
Next to the stockings you already have, place a smaller extra one next to it and either take a picture or invite your loved ones over. If you already have the gender and a name picked out, it makes for an even better surprise!
Letter to Santa
Even if you’re not a five-year-old anxiously awaiting the arrival of old St. Nick, you can still make a “Christmas list” with boxes to the side with a few things you’re looking forward to. Put a couple generic ones near the top, and make the last one child related, and put a checkmark in the box.
New Year’s Resolution
The beginning of a new year is a great time to set goals for yourself, whether personal or professional, and it’s always a good idea to write some of them down. To announce your pregnancy, make one of them about the baby, such as “Be a great dad,” or “Take my son to a game.” People will get the message pretty quick.
Make Your Own Countdown
Rather than counting down to the New Year, start the new year off with a bang by starting your own “timer,” except make it to your little bundle of joy! This not only makes for a perfect holiday card after the season’s already over, but will start the new year off on a great note.
Add One to the Hannukah Party
The Jewish celebration of Hannukah is a solemn and special time for any Jewish family, and even more so if you’re expecting the arrival of a little one. Cards, shirts, and other accessories make for great announcement backdrops, but an even better idea is to make a necklace that says something like “My First Hannukah.” Your family will love it, and it’ll add to the moment by making it a religious occasion.
Enjoy sharing and celebrating your special news.
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