I love Halloween. I wanted to get married on Halloween with a costume reception. My friends all thought I was nuts so we settled on November. A few months later (Valentine’s Day) I received the news I was pregnant. Overjoyed was an understatement for how DH and I felt, but there was also a tinge of excitement that the baby would be due in October. Would I have a Halloween baby? I could only hope!
Baby ended up arriving a few days shy of Halloween, but as luck would have it, my good friend K’s daughter showed up ON the 31st, two years later. K and I have had the Halloween birthday conversation many times. It makes me wonder…is sharing a holiday with a birthday year after year any fun?
I know not everyone celebrates Halloween, so a birthday around this holiday isn’t much of a challenge, right? So what happens when the birthday is up against a much larger holiday? Crazy enough, Jed’s birthday is a few days before one of the largest gift-centered holidays of the year – Christmas. How do I make it special for him? Asking around the office I was given quite a few great ideas so I wanted to share them. Here are four ideas on how to make a holiday birthday special:
Set a budget. We all know Christmas can get expensive. Set the birthday dollar value you intend to spend aside before holiday shopping starts. If you have more than one child, set the same limit for all. Not only will this allow for equality among siblings, you will also be prepared on what you will be spending.
Next, don’t give a split gift. Monetary value of the gift itself shouldn’t be important, but it definitely should clearly be a birthday gift for your child, and not half for Christmas.
Celebrate a half birthday. Holidays are also extremely busy. If you think things are too crazy to focus on the special day, try having a half birthday celebration for your child. Weather that is sunny and warm versus cold and snowy may open up a new realm of themes or activities.
Lastly, talk to your child. They may have their own opinion. They may love the thought of a holiday themed party or want to assert their independence by choosing an alternate theme. Offer a choice of themes you feel appropriate for their age and have fun planning together.
Do you have a child with a birthday close or on a holiday? What do you do to make your child’s birthday unique or special?