Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December Birthdays Galore!

by Hannah Reed/Deb Baker

Can we say, 'stressed'? Not only do we have all these holidays, but the birthdays!
  • December 7th - my oldest son
  • December 15th - my mom turns 80
  • December 17th - my husbands birthday exactly one week before the biggie - Christmas
Not to mention those who have passed in recent years but are front and center in our thoughts:
  • December 3rd - my husband's dad
  • December 9th - my dad
Every year I go out of my way to make each of these special days...well...special. That means:

  1. No cake decorated with a holiday theme
  2. I don't serve leftover turkey pulled from the freezer
  3. Tempting as it may be, I avoid combo gifts (you know, that one gift for both occasions)
  4. Presents don't go into stockings or under the tree, and they certainly aren't wrapped in Santa paper
  5. I ignore the fact that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have wiped out my budget and treat the birthday boy or girl as though I've financially recovered from those two crazy days.
Everybody deserves to feel loved and cherished on that one day each year when we celebrate their arrival into the world and into our lives. Don't short-change them.

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Kristin said...

There are a lot of birthdays in our family around the holidays. It starts with my two nephews born November 10th (not twins - one on each side of the family, one year apart), then my cousin is December 18th. Mine is January 2nd, another cousin's birthday is January 4th and my husband is January 10th. My paternal grandmother was December 13th and my maternal grandfather was January 5th.

Sue said...

There were lots of birhtdays this month in my ex husband's family. Thankfully now the only one I have to deal with is DD#1. Hers is the 21st. I have NEVER combined gifts, have always wrapped birthday presents in birthday paper and always made her birthday as special as any other bithday in the family. I always take her out to eat on her day...wherever she wants, but this year she has a basketball game that day so I'll do it either the day before or after.

Mo said...

I will hit the big 60 on Decemer 9th. I applaud you for recognizing the importance of keeping birthday celebrations seperate from the holidays that can overshadow them. Luckily my family followed guidelines very similar to yours.

Shirley said...

My oldest and my youngest grand nephews have birthdays December 6th and 11th. My youngest niece and husband celebrate their anniversary on December 11th. And my sister's birthday is December 22nd.

I get separate gifts for everyone except my sister. I give her something really big that she wouldn't buy for herself or couldn't afford.

Whitney J said...

Those are all great ideas for birthdays in December. Mine is the 22nd, which, let's face it, usually means gifts doing double-duty. I think it is great that you make such an effort!