You’ve been hit with a double whammy—the holidays mixed in with your child’s birthday. Depending on who you ask, having a birthday amidst all the holiday mayhem isn’t very convenient. But as a parent, you don’t want your child’s special day to take a back seat. Make your December baby feel special and celebrate their Christmas birthday the way it’s meant to be celebrated. Here’s how:
Have a birthday celebration
The key to making any child feel special on their birthday is having a birthday party, and the same should be done for your December baby. Whether it’s small and intimate or a full blown birthday bash, these are things you need to plan and organize ahead of time. This also means no joint parties, like making the annual family Christmas dinner a part of your little one’s birthday. The last thing you want is to make your child feel like their birthday is secondary to all the holiday festivities.
Make your child’s birthday as Christmas-free as possible
If you really want to differentiate your child’s birthday from all the holiday shenanigans happening around them, you’ll need to celebrate their birthday the way you would with any other—with birthday decorations, birthday cake, and birthday wrapping paper. The easiest way to achieve this is by giving your child’s party a theme that’s celebrated in a separate room in your house or small venue, away from all the holiday hoopla.
Don’t combine Christmas and birthday presents
This is a huge no-no. Your child should receive separate presents—one for their birthday and one for Christmas. Of course many of your guests may not abide by this rule, but as the parent, you should. You know holiday expenses can take a toll on your bank account, which is why you should always put away some extra money for your child’s birthday earlier in the year. That way when the holidays roll in, you aren’t hit with more than your bank account can handle!
Many parents like to celebrate their December baby’s birthday weeks or months in advance. With all the craziness that happens during the holidays, many parents feel that they can only give their child a proper birthday bash earlier in the year. That’s why many parents end up doing these half birthdays. It’s not ideal, but it’s an idea that’s worked for many and can work for you too.
Cater to your child’s interests
At the end of the day, celebrate your child’s birthday the way they want it to be celebrated. If your child is down for a full blown Christmas Birthday Extravaganza, then do it. But if your child has always wanted to have a Lego or Disney Princess party, tone down the Christmas cheer for a couple hours and give it to them. Listen to what they have to say and try to make their birthday wishes come true.
Have a positive attitude
Never make your child feel like they’ve inconvenienced you by have a December birthday. Being born in December was nature’s decision, not theirs, so never make them feel guilty for it. Always approach their birthday with the same excitement and enthusiasm you would with any birthday. Your positive and loving attitude will make them feel more special than anything else.