I tried to make sure he had birthday parties and presents that were separate from 12/25, and when he got older I took a small artificial Christmas tree and put it in his room. I decorated it with pictures cut from birthday cards, McDonald's toys, and the number at the top (foil-covered cardboard) was the year. I let him pick his favorite Christmas ornaments from our collection.
I made the last one from styrofoam--21. After that, I told him he could put up the tree himself from then on.
We'd put his birthday gifts under that tree. Eventually, the things he wanted were too expensive to not combine with regular Christmas, but he was fine with that.
I suppose I needn't have worried. He thought the whole month was for him.
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My daughter's birthday is December 23rd. (I brought her home on Christmas Day.) I have no idea what to do.
Being that it is so close to Christmas, I'm afraid no one would show up to a party. Any ideas are appreciated.
My son's birthday is December 28th and he's turning 13 this year too :) When he was younger, we celebrated his birthday party a couple weeks early - the weekend before school gets out for the holidays. Once our kids hit about 10, we stopped having "parties" and started having them choose just 1 or 2 friends to go Roller Skating or the video arcade, followed by a stop at Cold Stone for some ice cream or home for cake and then an overnight - so we plan the party around when the friends he's inviting are in town. I give the kids a budget and they get to plan the party and treats and keep what's left. I do require some sort of cake/treat and food if the party is during a meal time. Really helped get a handle on their party expectations... suddenly a homemade cake is just fine ;)
I was born December 22nd. Mom has always celebrated my birthday on the 22nd and as an adult, as close to the day as possible, I will see her (I live out of state).
So, 13 is a pretty exciting. If I remember correctly, I had a bunch of my girl friends come over, family friends and their parents, with aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents. Mom always had tons of food for everyone and family would bring a covered dish. We played a few games, did cake & ice cream and presents.
Games that were a hit:
All the kids take their shoes off and place them in a jumbled mess in the middle of the room. Then everyone stands in a Large circle around the shoes facing to the outside. Parents mix the shoes up, get out of the way and then tell everyone to turn around find their pair of shoes, put them on and tie them. First person wins!
If you can find long, red, shoestring licorice... two kids pair to one adult. The adult holds up two long strings one in each hand. The kids have to race to eat it without touching it with their hands. First one wins. Then you can pair them up with another winner and repeat till you have a final winner.
You could also do a movie night with homemade pizzas. Get all the pizza ingredients and either small pizza crusts or make homemade pizza dough and break off individual servings. Then have each kid make their own pizza the way they like it. Followed by a movie. Half way through have intermission, (bathroom breaks) do presents and cake & ice cream.
I was born on Christmas so I know how you feel if you are worried nobody will show up have it earlier. I usually have mine on the 10-16th
My sister's birthday is on Christmas Day and what we do is we have her birthday party on her half birthday. If that doesn't seem like something you want to do, have a birthday party somewhere around New Years like New Year's Eve and have a sleepover party.
You should celebrate her half birthday instead.
My son will be 13 on Christmas day. Can any body think of a terrific party idea?
By shannon lawler from Anniston, AL
Maybe instead of the 12 days of Christmas, you can have the "13 years of (son's name)" and have everyone contribute a line.
My daughter also has a birthday near Christmas - although not on Christmas - so to make her day special and seperate it from the holiday we have had a Birthday Tree decorated with birthday items, small gifts and used a party hat as a tree topper. It was a fun way to celebrate her birthday and made her feel special as well.