Holiday birthdays can be challenging to celebrate, and not for a want of trying. Your child’s friends are less likely to be available for a birthday party and family members may try to hold off celebrating until Christmas. The good news is that there are a few ways you can make your child’s special day still feel special even when it’s already the most magical time of the year.
Here are a few ways you can help your child’s holiday birthday stand out from the seasonal celebrations.
1. Don’t Roll Their Birthday into Christmas
It’s important not to do what’s convenient and roll your child’s birthday into Christmas, even if their birthday is on Christmas itself. Create a sense of separation between their birthday celebration and the holiday. For instance, if your child’s birthday is on Christmas Day, have the kids open their presents on Christmas morning and then have your kids go to their rooms to play with their new toys. While your kids are playing, set up birthday decorations so your child will feel the love when the time comes to come back to the living room. Wrap your child’s birthday presents in birthday-themed wrapping paper, not Christmas wrapping paper, and be sure not to give them a Christmas-themed birthday card.
2. Dress Them in a Custom Birthday T-Shirt
The demand for online original design t-shirts has grown over the last five years. A custom birthday t-shirt is a great way to help your child feel special on their birthday at any time of the year, but especially during the holiday season. When so many people are dressed in holiday garb and ugly sweaters, a custom birthday t-shirt helps separate your child from the pack. Custom birthday shirts can also come in handy when your child’s birthday is on Christmas Day itself. Have your kids wear their pajamas in the morning to open presents before going to get dressed for the rest of the day. Custom birthday t-shirts can make your child stand out from the other holiday outfits your family is wearing.
3. Embrace Your Family’s Birthday Traditions
During the holiday season, things can get hectic. There are friends and family to see, presents to shop for, and your home to decorate. It’s important despite the busy holiday schedule, though, to embrace your family’s birthday traditions during the holiday season. Consider getting most of your holiday shopping done by the end of November so you’re not as overwhelmed during the holiday season. This will give you plenty of time to do special birthday activities with your child like taking them out for a birthday dinner, going to the arcade, or going to another play place.
4. Separate Your Child’s Birthday and Christmas Gifts
It’s true that the holiday season can be expensive, especially if you have a large family. However, if your child’s birthday gifts are the same as their Christmas gifts, then it can feel as if your child never really had a birthday at all. Consider creating birthday budgets for your kids throughout the year that are separate from your holiday budget. This way, even if your child’s birthday is on Christmas or New Year’s, you’ll be able to afford to get them birthday presents (not wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper) and not just Christmas presents.
Be sure to give your child their birthday presents at a separate time of the day, too. Don’t have them open their birthday presents on Christmas morning with their siblings and the rest of the family. Instead, have them open their birthday presents at a different time of the day, preferably after they’ve blown out the candles on their birthday cake.
5. Make Sure They Have a Proper Birthday Cake
Speaking of birthday cakes, it’s important to make sure your child has a proper birthday cake. Sometimes it can be tempting to make a birthday cake holiday-themed or even winter-themed with snowmen and snowflakes. However, unless your child absolutely loves snowmen, it’s best to keep the birthday cake birthday-themed. Don’t put a candle in Grandma’s apple pie and consider it a birthday cake, either.
You want your child to know their birthday is being celebrated and you’re happy to have them. You don’t want them to feel like their special day is inconvenient or needs to be sandwiched into the family’s holiday plans. By following the tips above, you can help your child’s holiday birthday feel uniquely special even during the most wonderful time of the year.