Holiday Birthdays: How to Make Them Special

Once the pumpkin spice lattes are out, it can seem like a nonstop holiday conveyor belt from Halloween all the way to New Year's Day. If your child has a birthday somewhere in this busy season, it often just means more stress and shopping for you and a feeling of being lost in the shuffle for your child. But it doesn't have to. Here are four easy ways to make holiday birthdays special.

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Get your child's input.

Some children are very sensitive about their birthdays being in the holiday shadow, and others don't really notice because that’s just all they've ever known. Once your child is old enough, it can be helpful to have an honest discussion about how they feel about their birthday being so close to the holidays and how they'd like to handle it. Just remember not to take anything too personally if your child says they feel like no one cares about their birthday or that they don't get as many presents as other kids. You can only improve or address the situation with honest feedback.

Set up specific birthday traditions.

Whether it's starting the day with birthday cake for breakfast or going out for a special birthday dinner, family traditions can make any day extra special — especially if it falls on an actual holiday. Think about what your child likes the best about their birthday and see if you can figure out a way to take it to the next level. Brainstorming together can also be a great way to involve your child, and they may have some ideas you would never have thought of.

Stay away from holiday-themed gifts or parties.

While it may seem cute to go with an elf theme for your child's Dec. 22 birthday, it can further blur the lines between birthday and holiday — especially for friends and family members who may already be thinking 2-for-1 gifts. Especially as children get older and have more idea of what's going on, it's a good idea to keep things as separate as possible. Really focusing on making the day all about your child and not the holiday helps them feel special and like their day isn't being lost — or just added to — the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Consider a half-birthday party.

The holidays are busy for everyone, and even if you manage to plan a birthday party for your child, you may find that not many people can actually attend because of other travel plans or holiday traditions. Depending on where you live, holiday birthdays can also be more difficult because of the weather. Having a half-birthday party can give you more budget-friendly party options — like pizzas at a playground — and make it more likely more people will be able to attend.

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Katelynne has been trying to get the hang of this raising kids thing since 2007 but spends most of her time wondering who stole her copy of Parenting 101. When she’s not playing referee for her two children or writing all the words, she fantasizes about a full night’s sleep, uninterrupted showers, and triple venti caramel macchiatos with coconut milk. ... More

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