Watch: A new baby will change the way you celebrate Christmas

It's Christmastime. You probably know what to expect. But a new baby may derail your plans.

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  • You know the typical tropes of the holiday season — lights, cookies, music, a jolly bearded man in a red suit, warm cups of hot cocoa.

  • How you experience these things changes when you have a baby.

  • This week, a 2014 video showing how different Christmas can be with a new child has gone viral again. The video, which has 2.6 million hits, comically shows how a baby tears into Christmas presents ahead of time, chows down on Santa's cookies and milk, and even wakes parents up in the wee hours of Christmas morning.

  • But, despite the added stresses, the holiday season can be an enjoyable time for new parents, Parenting.com's Sasha Emmons wrote.

  • "The most wonderful time of year is even more wonderful now that you're a parent," Emmons wrote. "Revel in this once-in-a-lifetime moment with our tips and tricks for creating traditions, taking photos, keeping travel stress-free and more."

  • Couples with new babies can partake in a number of fun activities during the holidays to make the Christmas season even more special for their new baby, like making a fun Christmas card, buying some new Christmas pajamas for the baby and starting new traditions that a baby can do for the rest of his or her life, Emmons wrote.

  • "Do you love how your family always throws a kitschy Christmas sweater party, or how your husband's spends Christmas Eve playing board games?" Emmons asked. "Now you have your own little family, and you can hand-pick the traditions that you like best to form your own set."

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Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.

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