Monday, November 21, 2011

Calling all December babies... how is your birthday best separated from Christmas?

So... I am trying to plan a 1st birthday party for my sweet boy who will celebrate the big ONE in just a few short weeks.

The problem is, I am also trying to get my Christmas shopping done in a few short weeks too!

I am sure I am not the first Mom to come across this challenge, but I do know that I try to make birthdays in this house a big deal, and this is my first experience with party planning when another mega holiday is staring me right in the face.

And, I know that every December I am going to be facing this challenge, as H blows out his first big candle on December 16th, just 9 days before Santa Claus comes to town!

I'd like to hear from the December babies out there, or the parents of December babies, to find out how you or your parents separated your December birthday from Christmas in this very busy month of holiday hoopla.

I feel like there should be some code or book out there that I'm missing... you know the one titled 'how not to f'up your baby's December birthday'! I can't seem to get my hands on a copy, but my desire to know whats in that book is borderline obsessive!

For this year, I am hosting H's big party a bit early so that I won't have the house all decorated up for Christmas... but I know this won't be the case every year.  I guess I am wondering from all the December babies if you prefer to have your birthday looped in with Christmas or if you wish it was a completely separate event?

I do know that I vow never to wrap H's birthday gifts in Christmas paper... and to always give him the special birthday attention that anyone in our family would get on their special day... but I am still concerned that because his birthday is so close to Christmas, he'll be gypted just a little in the birthday department.

So... let's hear it December babies... what's the secret to having a fabulous birthday in the month of Christmas?

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krista said...

Mine is the 17th, but we have 7 December/early January birthdays in my family - including Christmas day! The best approach, in my opinion, is to make sure that it is completely separate from Xmas, no Xmas decor or wrap at party, no Xmas snacks or cake (I got a yule log once!) and no combo gifts... Plan it like it's happening in March :) Have a party, have it a little early if you can, so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle. my 2 cents!

I have one friend who doesn't decorate at all until after her daughter's birthday is passed, but it is a little earlier in the month.

April said...

Grayson's is the 3rd - and we'll soon have another late November/early December baby to celebrate! I try and keep it completely separate... I can still plan for Christmas (I have all of my shopping done and wrapped)and decorating can literally begin on the 4th.

Plan it a little earlier if possible. I'm sure he will appreciate it in the years to come. ;-)

As an aside I think this is a great time of year to celebrate Birthdays... the holidays are my favourite time of year and everyone is usually happy and feeling warm/festive. Just look at it as a kick-off to the best time of year!

Jen said...

Jackson's is the end of November, so not quite the same situation, but I've always made sure to have his party before the house is decorated. The hard part for us is coming up with enough gift ideas to satisfy everyone for both his bday and Christmas! As he gets older you could always have his bday celebration with little friends earlier in the month, and a family celebration on the actual day - he'll likely love that!

dan said...

i was born dec.9th usually,i get seperate gifts and cards.birthday and xmas.sometimes when i get just xmas gifts and people know my birthdays in does feel like being overshadowed.i prefer those who do them seperate,shows they didnt forget about me.