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How To Celebrate A Very Merry Birthday With Your Santa Baby

What’s more obvious than a reindeer with a glowing red nose?  How about the fact that Christmas birthdays aren’t always the most personal – the truth is, kids with December birthdays often experience a birthday/Christmas mash-up.  After all, with holiday parties around every corner, halls decked with boughs of holly and people pinching pennies for gifts under the tree, it’s not hard to lose Junior’s birthday within the hustle and bustle of the season.  As an aunt to a “Christmas Baby,” I know how important it is to replace the bulbs with balloons.  Here’s how you can skip Christmas for a day in your house too:

1)      When giving your child a birthday gift, even if their birthday is on December 25th, ALWAYS use birthday wrapping paper.  Sure, you have a generous amount of green and red wrap at-the-ready, but now’s the time to focus on streamers and confetti.

2)      Speaking of gifts, don’t do Christmas-Birthday combos (you know, unless it’s the new iPhone).

3)      Consider hosting a “half-birthday party” instead of a birthday party.  While December 18th is often consumed with holiday happenings, June 18th just kicks off the start of summer!

4)      Bake a Batman cake.  Or a monkey cake.  Or a princess cake.  ANYTHING but a Christmas cake (don’t even think about a fruit cake!).

5)      Create a “Birthday Tree”.  My niece is wild about pink.  So one year we grabbed a pink foil tree and decorated it with “charm” ornaments – there’s a soccer ball because that’s her sport, a violin because she’s first chair and ballet slippers because she loves to dance.  We also take a “family snapshot” each year and place them into picture ornaments to commemorate her “Christmas Birthdays”.  Of course, her gifts are placed under the tree.

Do you have a December baby?  What are some of your “Christmas Birthday” traditions?

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