Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas with Babies “R” Us {Giveaway}

This post is the opinion of the Experimental Mommy.  While a sample was received to facilitate this post, all opinions remain 100% mine.

When Hurricane Katrina flooded our home in August of 2005, my first daughter was just 6 months old.  The weeks that followed were challenging to say the least as we struggled to rebuild our home, our City and our lives.  As a first time Mom, I was determined to have my baby girl’s first Christmas at HOME.

My husband and I worked tirelessly to make our house a home once more.  On Christmas Eve, the dream became reality.  Our house was bare boned with just floors, walls and a Christmas tree, but we were home…finally.  I will never forget day which was special in so many ways.

Did you have a baby in 2013?  Baby’s First Christmas is a special time in a family’s life filled with memories, traditions, and photos and Babies R’ Us would like to help you prepare and celebrate!   Virtually chat about holiday traditions, preparing for the big day, and Mommy’s holiday helpers while winning prizes at one of three Babies R’ Us Twitter parties.

Join the fun by following the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BRUChristmas on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, 11/6 at 8pm EST– “Holiday Traditions”
  • Wednesday, 11/20 – “Mommy’s Little Helpers”
  • Wednesday, 12/4 – “Final Prep for Baby’s First Christmas”

In addition to the online celebration, you can join one of the in store events to enjoy holiday crafts, giveaways and a free $10 Babies “R” Us Gift Card!  The events are broken up by age of your child, so check out the calendar below:

To get you in the spirit, one reader will win a $50 Babies “R” Us gift card right here on Experimental Mommy.  Enter below:

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  1. Every year we decorate Gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve. It’s a time for laughter and treats.

  2. buying our tree the day after thanksgiving and decorating it

  3. We like to make reindeer food on Christmas Eve.

  4. Picking Christmas tree together and have a family get together dinner.

  5. Wild Orchid says:

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  6. katherine says:

    decorating cookies!

  7. Margaret Smith says:

    Going to Christmas Eve mass with my family and we meet up with my brother & his family

  8. Katherine says:

    Christmas caroling with family and friends

  9. Jill McHale says:

    We live in Philly and we always go to the Comcast Center building to see the “wall show”.

  10. stephanie says:

    we love to bake cookies

  11. Kim Ripley says:

    We have Polish food every year.

  12. We bake cookies and open present!

  13. Mary Happymommy says:

    I enjoy putting up the Christmas tree.

  14. We like to bake cookies for Christmas

  15. liz tetley says:

    Christmas Eve we have a chili cook off!

  16. Ann Fantom says:

    My favorite Christmas tradition is baking Christmas cookies with my daughter like I did with my mom and grandmother

  17. My favorite holiday family tradition is caroling.

  18. Every christmas morning we make the same 2 casseroles – we have for as long as I can remember and I have been carrying on the same tradition with my family


  19. Our favorite is wearing matching holiday pj’s and reading the night before Christmas.

  20. favorite family thing to do for Christmas is the putting up of all the decorations including the tree

  21. Cynthia C says:

    I enjoy baking and decorating cookies

  22. Going to my grandparents house & having Santa visit. Now my kids are enjoying this tradition 🙂

  23. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Yankee swap every Christmas Eve!

  24. Jessica B. says:

    We all get new pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve.

  25. Nicole-Lynn says:

    Every year my husband and I go to church on Christmas Eve and we like to look at Christmas lights after! I’m due with my first baby this month, so this will be her first Christmas– a lot of new family traditions are to be made! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!


  26. Katie Roch says:

    My favorite holiday family tradition is decorating our tree. For those few hours we turn on Christmas music, drink apple cider, and eat cookies.

  27. Ours is a Thanksgiving dinner with the family.

  28. Home-baked cookies for breakfast on Christmas morning 😉

  29. Making pumpkin pie as a family 🙂

  30. I love being with the family and Christmas eve services are my favorite. I see so many comments about food and that made me think. My husband is having issues with weight and blood sugar levels – as a family we seriously need to lighten up on our traditional menu. I’m thinking we need to create new memories that are not so centered on food.

  31. Amy Orvin says:

    Watching movies with my brother and eating till we pop

  32. D SCHMIDT says:

    We like to bake cookies together on Christmas Eve.

  33. Cynthia R says:

    our favorite family tradition is on thanksgiving, we each go around the table and say something we are grateful for.

  34. My favorite tradition is trimming the tree!

  35. My favorite holiday tradition is baking gingerbread men together and decorating them!

  36. I live in the country in Maine and one of our holiday traditions is to go out and cut a beautiful Christmas Tree and have hot chocolate while we decorate the tree.

  37. Opening one present on Christmas Eve when it’s quiet and just my family.

  38. I love taking the kids to the local tree farm and having them pick a tree! It’s the best!

  39. Nannypanpan says:

    Decorating a gingerbread house

  40. kelly tillotson says:

    we only started it last year, but we LOVE elf on the shelf!

  41. Oh so many! Going to our city parade and holiday stroll, then we go look at Christmas lights through a neighborhood that raises donations for Hospice. Making a day of Christmas shopping with my mom and sister.. we go out ALL day, shopping and eating, so much fun! Hosting a cookie exchange. And Christmas Eve – traditions with our entire extended family that includes a white elephant exchange with a different theme each year (handmade/homemade, only as seen on TV gifts, etc) … giving my kids their Christmas Eve gifts – pajamas, Christmas video, a snack and reindeer food!

  42. Jennifer T. says:

    We always have spaghetti for dinner on Christmas Eve and open one gift.

  43. spending time together without feeling like there is something else to do

  44. amy pugmire says:

    I love our pajama tradition on x-mas eve. we get new ones every year.

  45. Fave is eating Christmas Eve dinner at Grandma’s with the extended family!

  46. Rebecca Graham says:

    Making Christmas cookies for the neighbors.

  47. April Yedinak says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking with my kids.

  48. Sara Floyd says:

    This is my daughter’s first Christmas, and I am looking forward to doing many things, and creating new traditions. I am going to take her to the big light show at the zoo

  49. heather eg kaufman says:

    Advent calendars..this year it is a book a day.

  50. Opening presents on Christmas Eve night after a delicious family dinner

  51. Thomas Murphy says:

    we like to bake x-mas cookies.

  52. Tabathia B says:

    Probably baking cookies for family members

  53. beth shepherd says:

    We like to have a day for baking cookies, fudge and buckeyes.

  54. Michelle Weaver says:

    We always decorate the tree together.

  55. My stepdad dresses like Santa and we drive him around to visit kids. It’s super cute.

  56. Tari Lawson says:

    I like going out with my family to look at Christmas lights displays while listening to Christmas music.

  57. We play the dice game (some people call it Dirty Santa) every year with all of our family members. It’s so much fun and gets crazy competitive – lots of great memories!

  58. Betty Baez says:

    Putting up the christmas tree the weekend after thanksgiving!

  59. Lighting the Hanukkah menorah together!

  60. My favorite tradition is putting out cookies for Santa and food for the reindeer. We still do this even though the kids do not believe anymore.

  61. I love making Christmas Cookies

  62. I love the whole family going to the candlelight service at church on Christmas Eve.

  63. Adrienne Gordon says:

    going caroling

  64. I love decorating together!

  65. Baking cookies with my kids.

  66. Kyl Neusch says:

    making Christmas Cookies

  67. I like taking photos around the tree!

  68. Amanda Starr says:

    Spending Christmas Eve with my mother, siblings and all our kids 🙂

  69. wendy rozema says:

    our favorite holiday tradition is making Christmas sugar cookies & decorating them w/ sprinkles & frosting!

  70. My favorites are wrapping presents together for others and baking things like gingerbread.

  71. I love picking the Christmas tree at Bachmans!

  72. danielle lima says:

    We watch a movie called The Hogfather.

  73. We enjoy going out of town and spending time with family.

  74. ELIZABETH C. says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking desserts with my kids.

  75. Sara Wagner says:

    I give my kids a Christmas Eve box filled with Christmas pajamas, a movie, a snack and other fun Christmas related items. It gets them all excited for Christmas morning.

  76. Caroline B says:

    We love decorating the christmas tree together

  77. shelly peterson says:

    We decorate the house and tree together and bake cookies.

  78. Aaron Humphrey says:

    Baking Holiday cookies

  79. soha molina says:

    shopping on Black Friday

  80. Carey Miller says:

    Going out to see the Christmas lights is our favorite part.

  81. Putting up the christmas tree and eating dinner on christmas eve

  82. Tiffani Jade says:

    On Christmas eve we bake cookies for Santa, read the night before Christmas and open a couple of presents.

  83. Steve Stone says:

    putting up our tree together.

  84. Kathleen Fitzsimmons says:

    Decorating the tree

  85. Putting on the Christmas music while we do all our festivities. That music always puts me in a good mood

  86. We like to make christmas ornaments and paint them

  87. Dont have any yet!

  88. Lauren Becker says:

    Seeing a move on Christmas Day as a family

  89. Jessica To says:

    We like riding around looking at Christmas decorations and lights.

  90. Marcia Goss says:

    Decorating the tree together.

  91. Jessica H. says:

    We always had Italian dinner for Christmas instead of turkey.
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  92. We go to our families houses

  93. We always decorate the tree together.

  94. Phylicia Phillips says:

    Reading the bible on Christmas Eve with hot chocoate

  95. Decorating the tree

  96. We go see a local light show

  97. We spend Christmas Eve at my Grandparents house, opening gifts from each other, and Christmas day we get together for Christmas dinner

  98. I love making cookies for Santa.

  99. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Baking With My Family Is My Favorite Holiday Tradition!

  100. Making something for Santa on Christmas Eve. We usually make something different each year because the girls say he gets tired of cookies. Thank you!

  101. Monique Rizzo says:

    Going around looking at Christmas Lights.
    Thanks for the chance.

  102. Oh one of my favorite traditions is one we do Christmas eve after the kids are alseep. We give them each a Ruldoph Kiss! We put a small red lipstick mark on each kids hand during the night and in the morning they get so excited to see that Rudolph gave them a kiss during the night!

  103. My favorite holiday tradition is driving around different neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights.

  104. Maria Iemma says:

    Going together as a family to Christmas Eve mass.

  105. Leaving cookies for santa and carrots for the reindeer

  106. Playing games on Christmas Eve

  107. Natalie yeoman says:

    Wrapping presents together

  108. Putting up the Christmas tree and decorating it.

  109. Making cookies, putting the ornaments on the tree <3

  110. going to gramas on Christmas eve and eating ham !

  111. I like to decorate the Christmas tree together

  112. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Help making the thanksgiving day turkey. it is fun and you get to hang out in a good smelling kitchen

  113. Jennifer Dunaway says:

    Having the family together for a big family dinner

  114. we usually blend our cultures on Christmas Eve with tamales at midnight and toutiere pies later on, followed by either a ham or turkey for a later holiday dinner .

  115. Ava Chavez says:

    Painting Christmas tree ornaments every year for our tree.

  116. Since I was a kid, My dad has dressed up as santa… I love to see my kids get a kick out of it now!

  117. having the kids put the star on top of the Christmas tree

  118. Going to Mass and coming home for bed. Everyone is so excited and sleepy.

  119. On Christmas eve my husband and I exchange and open one of our gifts.

  120. My favorite tradition is baking goodies with my kids. I love just spending some one on one time with them.

  121. Making ornaments, making cookies, snow ice cream

  122. My favorite is Thanksgiving dinner.

  123. Linda Lansford says:

    fave is xmas dinner

  124. Michelle C says:

    We live in Nashville, so we love to go see the Christmas Decorations in the atriums at Opryland, right next to the Grand Ol’ Opry. It’s so relaxing, and so beautiful! And free!

  125. Reading Twas A Night Before Christmas every year with the whole family around the fire.

  126. Baking cookies

  127. decorating the tree!

  128. decorating the tree together

  129. Watching movies on Christmas Eve as a family.

  130. rebecca day says:

    we get the whole family together for dinner

  131. Making and decorating Christmas sugar cookies!

  132. Jill Myrick says:

    Our favorite tradition is making cookies and hot chocolate and gathering around the tree on Christmas Eve to read the night before Christmas.


  133. Stephanie Larison says:

    We all get together to bake, it’s a lot of fun!

  134. Karen Drake says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is we get together on Christmas Eve and have hot chocolate and tons of snacks and watch Christmas movies and enjoy the Christmas tree and family.

  135. putting up the tree

  136. Having the family over to decorate the tree.

  137. Driving around on Christmas eve looking at lights

  138. My favorite tradition is decorating the family Christmas Tree,

  139. Susan Smith says:

    I enjoy decorating the Christmas tree with my family.

  140. My favorite is the gatherings of family

  141. mindy cole says:

    Decorating the tree on Thanksgiving

  142. Our family tradition is to decorate the Christmas tree together.

  143. Wrapping presents together

  144. Kate Newton says:

    My favorite tradition is having a dessert party on Christmas Eve. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  145. Decorating the Christmas tree

  146. we watch the christmas story together

  147. spending Christmas Eve with family!

  148. Picking one present to open on Christmas Eve before going to midnight service.

  149. tina reynolds says:

    making christmas ornaments

  150. Sherry Eckman says:

    Looking forward to a few days off and time with my family!

  151. Tammie Venne says:

    baking Christmas treats

  152. mary gardner says:

    baking cookies with my kids

  153. I love Christmas breakfast at Grandma and Grandpa’s house 🙂

  154. Laurie Emerson says:

    Going to the Christmas Tree Farm as a family and cutting down our own tree!

  155. Watching football with my father and brothers.

  156. Richard Hicks says:

    Big get together on xmas eve!

  157. Terry Cross says:

    Making Christmas cookies

  158. Carolyn Daley says:

    Baking cookies with the family. I love our homemade snickerdoodles!

  159. krystal wethington says:

    Putting up the tree.

  160. Linda Kish says:

    Baking, baking and more baking.

  161. Baking cookies together.

  162. On Christmas morning we put a lit candle in a cupcake and place it in front of the manger, then we sing Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus.

  163. Tiffany Hearn says:

    I love looking at Christmas lights with the kids.

  164. Sarah Marshall says:

    My favorite tradition in my family is a huge Christmas breakfast on Christmas day each year!

  165. I like eating turkey.

  166. Laura Unger says:

    Putting up the tree the weekend after Thanksgiving while listening to Christmas music and then decorating Christmas cookies!

  167. Baking cookies!
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  168. thischickwins says:

    taking down the tree after Jan 6

  169. We love having a big Thanksgiving feast as a family.

  170. We love having a big Thanksgiving feast as a family.

  171. I love decorating the tree with my husband and kids.

  172. amanda whitley says:

    we have a sleepover at my moms and do christmas at her house.

  173. Julie Hawkins says:

    My favorite tradition is trimming the tree and putting up decorations with the whole family

  174. We like going to local parks to see holiday light displays

  175. Baking cookies together

  176. Leslie L Stanziani says:

    We go out on Christmas Eve to take a final look at all the light displays then come home for a snack,a quick movie,and a story before bed.

  177. I love our huge family gathering/dinner on Christmas Eve at my aunt and uncle’s house. Lots of people, noise, food, smiles.

  178. My favorite holiday tradition is driving through local neighborhoods drinking hot chocolate and looking at all of the beautiful Christmas lights!

  179. Reading the nightmare before Christmas on Christmas Eve 🙂

  180. My favorite is baking rum cakes with my husband to give to family and friends.

  181. Paula Tavernie says:

    My favorite is we each get to open 1 present on Christmas Eve!!

  182. Melissa B. says:

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking Christmas cookies with my extended family.

  183. I love baking thousands of Christmas cookies every year!

  184. kathy pease says:

    We love baking goodies for friends and family on christmas eve 🙂

  185. susan smoaks says:

    we like to sing Christmas carols

  186. melikegarfield says:

    I love having everyone around for the Holidays…especially for Xmas or Thanksgiving dinner. Eating our fav foods and catching up.

  187. courtney b says:

    opening presents around the xmas tree!!

  188. I enjoy putting up the Christmas tree with my kids.

  189. Having the big get together at our house with the relatives on Christmas Ev e. It’s a lot of work, but it’s always so much fun. Plus, it’s great to see everyone. It’s really fun watching the kids grow up.

  190. Beth Klocinski says:

    Christmas dinner with the entire family around the table

  191. Claire McKeon says:

    When I was little, after all our guests left, on Thanksgiving night we would all climb into our parents’ bed and write letters to Santa Claus. I did this with my kids and hope to pass the tradition on to my grandchildren some day.

  192. Barbara Butler says:

    I love putting up the tree and baking cookies and candy but doing it with my family love the family time

  193. Baking cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.

  194. Michelle S says:

    Opening pajamas on Christmas Eve

  195. Walking over to the crazy “Christmas House” that is covered in lights and decorations.

  196. Sherry Conrad says:

    We go out and look at lights on Christmas Eve. Santa makes an extra early pitstop and leaves of pj’s or blankets, a book, a movie, a game and sets out a cheese, sausage & crackers feast. We come home and add our homemade goodies and it makes the waiting easier while we enjoy each other.

  197. My favorite holiday tradition is lunch at my grandma’s house with my small family. 🙂 I adore this time getting to indulge in lots of tasty foods and spending time with everyone.

  198. amy deeter says:

    making different variety of cookies

  199. We like opening stockings on Christmas Eve

  200. Christian Alejandro says:

    I love christmas eve dinner

  201. Vikki Billings says:

    We get a new ornament every year from my mother, I have 46, she has never missed a year!

  202. My favorite tradition is making hot chocolate while putting ornaments on the tree.

  203. nellie curry says:

    Making crafts, hanging the ornaments

  204. Tanya White says:

    We let the kids open 1 gift at midnight.

  205. Baking cookies is my favorite tradition.

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