Planning for the Holidays While Expecting a Baby


I am expecting baby #2 this month and I knew our typical last-minute wrapping Christmas presents was not going to work for us this year. Given the stress of this year already, I know that I want need our Christmas as a family of four to be the opposite of stress. I am determined to prepare as much in advance in order to really enjoy this time together.

Make a List

First, I made a list of everything that would need to be done before the baby arrived. That included:

  1. Making a Christmas budget
  2. Creating a list of all gift recipients and ideas
  3. Buying and wrapping gifts
  4. Addressing Christmas cards and packages we plan to send
  5. Planning out any other December events

Choose Where You Spend Your Energy

Now that we are just a few weeks out from baby’s arrival I can focus on the “fun” things that I look forward to this year. I can’t wait to watch “Elf” together as a family, decorate sugar cookies, and pick out our Christmas tree. I envision this year to be a little slower than years past. With nothing to rush out the door for, we can take our time slowly opening presents Christmas morning and stay in our pajamas all day.

It may be a very different Christmas than many of us had expected, but hopefully, with fewer commitments, we can emphasize what really brings us joy this season. Instead of feeling restricted, let’s choose happiness. Maybe it is driving around looking at lights in your pajamas or making homemade salt dough ornaments. Whatever it is that makes you happy this holiday season, do it. Choose to be intentional about where your energy is going this year around the holidays.


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Brittany and her husband, Harry, met during their freshman year of college in Worcester and fell in love with Central Massachusetts. A lot of things changed quickly once they graduated from college. They were married in 2017, had their first child in 2018, recently bought their first house, and baby #2 is on the way. Having grown up in Connecticut and Maine the couple wanted to create a home in New England not far from their families. Brittany spent three years after college in her lifelong passion, teaching. She was a third-grade teacher and now implements her teacher mindset while staying home with her son. Brittany loves meeting moms in the area, taking her son on adventures outside, and exploring local parks and libraries. She believes resources for new moms are a must and she is excited to be a contributing writer for Central Mass Mom.


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