Do you or one of your family members have a birthday that is sandwiched in the holiday season? Here are some of our best birthday ideas for making a holiday birthday extra special this year!
As a November baby, I have always felt my birthday got buried by Thanksgiving activities. And I have 3 friends who are due within days of Christmas this year – holiday babies sure are popular! But birthdays are special and each one should be remembered in a unique way. Here are some tips for making sure your holiday-birthday kiddo doesn’t feel forgotten this year:
- Have family “birthday traditions” that you celebrate for every birthday. There are a lot of options for this! I know a family that has 3 goofy-looking gift bags that get re-used for every birthday . . . no matter who you are, you always get 3 gifts from Mom and Dad, and they always go in the 3 special bags. Another friend has a special plate that only gets used for the birthday girl or boy on their special day. The kids could even make it themselves and keep using their special creation each year. Or maybe you always do breakfast in bed! Whatever the tradition, if you do it for everyone then even if it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving, it will also still seem like a birthday.
- Try celebrating a half-birthday– this is our best birthday idea yet, and it may be a really good idea for a holiday birthday kiddo. Especially if you have plans to travel for the holiday and they won’t see their friends, a summer half-birthday party will make them feel extra special.
- Plan far in advance for a birthday party with your child’s friends. Remember, many families will be out of town or have plans with extended family during this time. If you plan enough in advance though, most people will be able to fit a birthday party into the busyness of the holidays! How fun would it be to try these Frozen Birthday Party ideas for a winter birthday?
- Don’t “double up” on presents! This is tempting for parents, particularly for Christmas birthdays. It’s important though for your child to realize you were thinking specifically of their birthday in addition to the normal gift-giving. Encourage Grandparents to be mindful of this as well!
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- Ask your child how to make their birthday special! This is different for every kid – for me, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday! So I was okay with putting candles in a Pumpkin Pie instead of a Birthday Cake and not having a huge family dinner for my birthday in addition to Thanksgiving Dinner. Don’t assume you know what they expect for their birthday – especially as they get older, just ask! It may save you both a lot of disappointment or unnecessary worry!
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