Holiday Birthdays—Ways to Make Kids Feel Special
I always feel sorry for kids whose birthday is close to a holiday. Their special day is usually overshadowed by the craziness of Christmas, Easter, or some other major holiday. I feel it is very important to separate their birthday from the holiday as much as possible and make them feel special on the day they came into this world. If your child's birthday is a holiday birthday, be sure to read further for a few ways to make your kid feel special on their big day.
One Christmas Baby and One Easter Baby
I sure did not plan it this way but both of my kids have holiday birthdays. My five-year-old's birthday is four days before Christmas while my three-year-old's birthday is in April and will probably have to—at some point in his life—share his birthday with the arrival of the Easter Bunny. Unfortunately, these things happen, so all we can do as parents is to make them feel as special as possible on their holiday birthday.
Christmas Birthday Cake
Ways to Make Kids Feel Special on Their Holiday Birthday
Let me share a few ways I try to make my boys feel special on their holiday birthday...
When to Plan the Party
When planning your kid's birthday party, try to have it a week or two before or after their actual birthday. Having it at these times will allow you to focus totally on your child. This idea is especially important for holiday birthdays around Christmas. Family members and friends are extremely busy during this particular holiday with family and holiday parties. To ensure everybody will be able to attend and to effectively separate your child's birthday from the holiday, I highly recommend this idea when planning the date of the birthday party.
No Holiday-Themed Birthday Party
Unless your child specifically requests a Christmas or other holiday themed party, do not use that holiday as the theme of your child's birthday party. Sure, it would be super cute and easily accessible at every store, but the point of your child's big day is for them to feel special. If all you have is Christmas decorations up, it may not feel like his or her day to shine. Again, if your child wants Santa Claus on his cake, then by all means go for it. If they don't make this request, plan your child's holiday birthday theme around the characters or themes they are into at the moment.
If you were born on Christmas day, you may be comforted that you are not alone. Below is a list of famous people with December 25th birthdays:
- Jimmy Buffet
- Little Richard
- Humphrey Bogart
- Sissy Spacek
- Annie Lennox
- Sir Isaac Newton
- Robert Ripley
- Clara Barton
- Barbara Mandrell
No Combo Holiday/Birthday Gift
It may be tempting and easier to combine a child's birthday gift with a holiday gift. Avoid this temptation—I believe in order to effectively separate the birthday from the holiday that you should not combine the two events with one big gift. The only exception I will make in this matter is if the child is old enough and understands that the only way they are getting such an expensive gift is to combine the two. Still, if you want to make sure your child feel special on their holiday birthday, I recommend keeping the holiday and birthday gifts separate if possible.
Save Gifts for Their Actual Birthday
If you planned the birthday party a week or two before the actual birthday, save a small and inexpensive wrapped gift for your child to open on his or her special day. It doesn't have to be extravagant, just something to make them feel special on his or her actual birthday. For example, my son received two gifts from me and my husband at his ninja-themed birthday party. On his actual birthday, he will be enjoying a ninja play set that I picked up for around five dollars. It may not be much but I will be happy to see the excitement in his eyes when I hand him the gift.
Let Your Child Plan the Activities for the Actual Birthday
On the day of your child's actual birthday, give your child some options of special activities to celebrate his or her big day with the family. If you are going out to eat or making the birthday meal, let your child choose what restaurant or the food he or she would like to eat. Be prepared for what comes out of their mouths - our family happily celebrated at Waffle House last year for our son's birthday! However your child chooses to spend the day, it will make them feel super special that he or she got to plan out the activities for their holiday birthday. (*Note - If your child's birthday is on a major holiday like Christmas, plan the next available date to be all about your child's special day.)
Does your birthday fall on Christmas? If so, this song is for you.
Holiday Birthday Poll
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Holiday Birthdays Don't Have to Be a Bad Thing
If you succeed at separating your child's birthday from the holiday, he or she will never know that having their birthday so close to a holiday is a bad thing. Even with all the craziness of the holidays, stop and make sure your child is the most important person in the world on his or her big day. You will know you have succeeded in making your child feel special when you see that big smile on their face the morning of their holiday birthday!
Do you or your child have a birthday close to a holiday? Do you have any stories or tips on dealing with a holiday birthday? If you do, please feel free to share in the comment section below!