14 Inspirational First Christmas Ornament Ideas to Celebrate Milestones & Create Lasting Memories

First Christmas ornaments hold a special place in our hearts, as they commemorate significant milestones in our lives. Whether it’s a baby’s first Christmas, a wedding anniversary, or any other first occasion, these ornaments symbolize the beginning of a beautiful journey. Each year when you decorate the tree, that special first Christmas ornament takes you back in time as you recall graduation, a big catch, or even a first kiss.

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Christmas ornaments can simply be ornate bits of silver and gold or they can hold our memories. Some give ornaments as gifts year-round to mark special occasions like birthdays, theater performances, softball championships, or promotions. Some collect Christmas ornaments on vacations so they can relive their favorite adventures when they decorate their Christmas trees. Some gift their children an ornament each year so when they move out to start their own families, they will have ornaments filled with memories for their own trees.

A first Christmas ornament is special. It marks the beginning. It could be the beginning of life, a new chapter, or a new adventure. The top reasons to celebrate a milestone with a first Christmas ornament include a new baby, a marriage, a new home, and a new pet.

Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

The arrival of a newborn is a joyous event that deserves to be celebrated. Baby’s first Christmas ornament is a cherished keepsake that captures the magic of their first holiday season forever. From personalized ornaments with the baby’s name and birth details to adorable designs featuring baby booties or rattles, the options are endless. These ornaments serve as a reminder of the precious early years and can be passed down through generations, creating a legacy of love.

Lisa Leonard’s Baby’s First Christmas Ornament features an adorable elephant design. The charming keepsake captures the essence of a baby’s first Christmas, symbolizing love, happiness, and the precious memories of the early years. The elephant, known for its nurturing and protective nature, makes it a fitting choice for celebrating a new life. The hand-molded ornament (2.5 by 3 inches), cast in fine pewter, can be personalized, adding an extra touch of sentimentality, and making it a cherished memento.

Baby’s First Steps ornament by Lenox is a timeless and cherished keepsake designed to capture the magical moment when your sweet baby takes her very first steps. The elegant ivory fine china booties are accented with 24-karat gold. They can be personalized with a baby’s name, a date, and a birthstone crystal. The Baby’s First Steps ornament serves as a lasting memory to cherish for years to come. As your child grows, the china ornament becomes a cherished reminder of these precious early days.

The Old World Christmas Baby’s First Ornaments Set is an elegant collection of hand-blown ornaments designed to celebrate a baby’s first Christmas. This charming set includes a teddy bear, a bootie, a onesie, and a baby bottle. Each is intricately handcrafted and painted with exquisite detail. These ornaments capture the essence of the joy and wonder of welcoming a new addition to the family. The beautiful glass ornaments are mouth-blown into finely carved molds. A solution of hot liquid silver is added for remarkable color and vibrance.  

Making a Homemade First Christmas Ornament for Baby

When it comes to celebrating your baby’s first Christmas, there’s something extra special about creating a homemade Christmas ornament. Homemade ornaments have a unique charm that showcases the love and effort you put into making something meaningful for your little one’s first Christmas.

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Whether you choose to paint a ceramic ornament, sew a fabric one, or create a keepsake using handprints or footprints, the possibilities are endless. Every time you hang a homemade ornament on your Christmas tree, it will serve as a reminder of that magical first Christmas with your baby. The sentimental value is priceless.

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Baby’s First Christmas Ball Ornament: Choose a delicate glass ball ornament with the words “Baby’s First Christmas” inscribed and add your baby’s name and year. It can be as easy as that. You can visit a holiday craft show or Etsy to find someone who specializes in beautiful homemade Christmas ball ornaments that can be personalized (After all, who is to say that homemade means it must be made by you!).

Of course, Handprint and Footprint Ornaments are a classic first Christmas ornament. Capture your baby’s tiny hand or footprints in salt dough, clay or plaster to create a timeless keepsake. You can even purchase a Handprint Footprint Ornament Kit with stencils so your ornament will be sure to turn out perfectly.

Baby Booties. That’s right, just add a piece of pretty ribbon to your baby’s first tiny booties. The adorable tiny booties look precious hanging on your tree showing you just how quickly your little one is growing.

Personalized Photo Ornaments: Upload a photo of your newborn baby to your favorite photo website. Just about everyone (from Walgreens to Shutterfly) offers photo ornaments made from metal, ceramic, resin, and more. You can customize it with one or more photos, birthdates, etc… Photo ornaments are a fun way to remember the moments as the years go by.

First Christmas Ornaments for Newlyweds

A wedding ornament symbolizes the beginning of a lifelong journey as partners. From elegant designs featuring the couple’s names and wedding date to personalized ornaments with their wedding photo, there are numerous options to choose from. These ornaments serve as a beautiful reminder of the love they share and the vows they made on their special day.

Personalization Mall is the perfect place to find the first Christmas ornament for newlyweds on your holiday list. The frosted glass Our First Christmas Personalized Frosted Tree Lightable Ornament is personalized with the couple’s name and the year. The 5.5 by 4.25-inch ornament has a place in the back to attach it to a strand of Christmas lights so it glows, too! The I Do Personalized Heart Wedding Ornament beautifully commemorates a couple’s wedding day, with their wedding day photo on one side and their names, wedding date, and “We said, ‘I do,'” on the other. It’s simple, and sweet, like a hanging scrapbook page.

A first Christmas ornament that encapsulates the joy and significance of the newlywed’s cherished day is a treasure that becomes an heirloom. The heirloom does not have to be elegant or glamorous, sometimes it’s even better when it captures the personality of the couple like whimsical Smores ornaments. From resin to hand-blown glass the adorable Smores’ couples celebrate love.

The First Christmas Ornament 2023 Smores Couple with Mistletoe depicts an adorable smores couple ready to share their first Christmas kiss. What makes these ornaments truly awesome is their creativity and ability to evoke warm, sentimental feelings. They symbolize love, togetherness, and the joy of celebrating special moments with loved ones. Smores in Love Glass Blown Ornament by Old World Christmas features a smores bridal couple – one in a top hat, one in a veil, holding a giant red heart. The Smores couple ornaments are perfect for those who love camping and outdoor adventures, but then again, who doesn’t love a S’more?

Celebrating Milestones with Christmas Ornaments

side from baby’s first and wedding first ornaments, there are many other first occasions that deserve to be celebrated. These can include a first home, first pet, first job, or even the first time traveling to a particular destination. Each of these milestones holds a unique significance in someone’s life. Creating a personalized ornament that captures the essence of these moments can evoke fond memories for years to come.

The ornaments from Pawfect House are a delightful and personalized addition to any pet lover’s holiday decor. But the perfect time to add the “On the Naughty List” ornament is the first year of owning the pet. The Benelux-shaped wood Christmas ornament is a heartwarming and humorous tribute to your furry friends. Crafted with care, this ornament showcases a charming design with a caricature of your pets next to a knocked-down tree and the sentiment, “On the Naughty List. We Regret Nothing.” Of course, you can personalize it with your pets’ names.

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The “Happy Howlidays With All Our Love” dog and cat personalized custom ornament celebrates the bond between pets and owners. The charming design features a caricature of a couple and up to six pets (dogs and/or cats) sitting on the year. The wooden ornaments are wonderful decorations for yourself or a gift.

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A first home or a new home is another milestone to mark with a beautiful Christmas ornament. The Custom Watercolor House Christmas Ornament by Fox and Clover Boutique on Etsy transforms a photo of the home into a watercolor painting on an ornament. Commemorate your new home, a friend’s new home with a beautiful ornament complete with names and the address any time of year.


First Christmas ornaments are not just decorative pieces; they are a reflection of our lives’ significant moments. A first Christmas ornament acts as a tangible representation of cherished memories and milestones. The ornaments become a scrapbook of our lives throughout the years – new baby, wedding, first pet, first home, graduation, trips, and more.

It’s amazing that a Christmas ornament can have the power to transport us back in time and evoke a sense of nostalgia. They become a part of our family traditions, passed down from one generation to another, creating a sense of continuity and connection. Some of the ornaments will be treasured for their beauty, some for their humor, but all for family.

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Carla J. Eskew
Carla J. Eskew
Carla J. Eskew is a freelance writer, wife, and mom of two children who are nine years apart. She is a Scout leader with 17 years of experience in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She serves as a volunteer at school, church, and with the homeless population. She loves road trips, sightseeing, camping, Pilates, and her black standard poodle, Midnight Shadow.

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