Ready to break the big news but not quite sure how? Take advantage of the added flare of the holidays to announce your pregnancy to your family and friends! Here are 10 fun ideas to help you reveal your joyful news.
1. Picture with Santa
If you have other children this can be really fun. Have them hold the ultrasound picture while they take a picture with Santa. Even if they only cry, as many children do on Santa’s lap, you can create a super cute announcement with a witty phrase about “baby brother/sister coming in August,” with your respective information, of course. If it’s your first, your Santa picture will be adorable with Santa or your husband making a surprise face and a “baby coming soon!” sign.
Photo courtesy of Memories by Deanna
2. Displaying the expected “gift”
Wrap up that bump with a bow or hold a gift above your belly to announce that you’re expecting the best gift of all. This would also be a cute picture to add to a nice frame and include in your annual décor, helping you always remember the special holiday season when you were pregnant.
Photo courtesy of Merrick’s Art
3. Giving “Grandparent” shirts as gifts
Create or order some funny shirts that say “grandma,” “grandpa,” “uncle,” “aunt,” etc. and watch your family’s surprised faces when they realize what that means. You could also use this idea on a card or gift tag for the same effect.
4. Maternity Christmas sweater
There are some adorable Christmas sweaters that can help you announce your baby’s pending arrival. Whether it’s an ornament on the bump, or mistle-“toes” with tiny footprints on your belly, a picture on your Christmas card with this sweater will be a happy surprise for all of your loved ones this holiday season.
5. Little stocking
Hang your stockings by the fire with care, including a mini stocking for baby! Take a picture of the stockings hanging by the warm fireplace with a banner or added text about your new addition for the Christmas cards or social media. This will be another keepsake you’ll want to display every year.
6. Christmas list
Use a chalkboard, whiteboard, or even just a piece of paper to write a simple Christmas list, and make sure you include “new baby” as one of the items. Draw checkboxes next to each item and put a check next to the baby line.
7. New Year’s Resolution
If you’d rather wait until the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day is another great time to announce your pregnancy. In fact for my second pregnancy, I simply posted a picture of my positive pregnancy tests (just the window, not the pee part) with the caption “this year, I resolve to gain 30 pounds,” and the irony of the goal along with the photos was a fun way to announce our pregnancy. You could write a list of goals and include any number of baby-related ones, and expect a very happy response.
8. Silhouette bump pic
Take the classic silhouette picture up a notch by taking it in front of your Christmas tree. The soft glow of the lights with the dark outline of your baby bump is a beautiful and classic way to share your news.
Photography by EmiB Photography.
If you have some decent photo-editing skills, scan your sonogram and add a Santa hat to the baby’s head and a candy cane in his/her hand. This festive picture will be a big hit, and of course, must be added to your yearly décor.
10. Create a special ornament
You can buy empty glass bulb ornaments that can be opened. Drop in your sonogram, some blue or pink paint or ribbon, or even some tiny baby shoes, with a tag explaining the reason. This ornament will be beloved for years to come.