I know my LO's first birthday is a long way off, but the other birthday threads got me thinking. My LO was born on Christmas day. Which means her birthday is forever going to be more about Christmas for family and friends than about her birthday. I want her birthday to be meaningful and special and not forgotten or made to be just another part of Christmas by family and friends.
My brother was born on Dec. 30th. My uncle was born on Christmas as well and these are the things they/I remember about having birthdays at Christmas time.
1. The birthday/Christmas gift that wasn't any better than anyone else's regular Christmas gift. (Not that we put a high value on gifts - I don't even give many gifts, but that's what we all remember.)
2. Friends and family couldn't make it to parties because of the craziness of the holidays or because they were traveling during that time.
3. They felt that their birthdays weren't that important because everyone else was just too excited and preoccupied with Christmas.
4. Birthdays often got forgotten by all but the closest family members and friends, again because Christmas is a hectic time.
5. The Christmas decorations were still up for their birthdays, so again it didn't quite feel much like a birthday.
So, I'm trying to think of a tradition to start to make her birthday more about her and less about Christmas. Any ideas? I want to do something that I can continue doing through at least her childhood. I thought about having "Christmas in July" in our house, but it's still Christmas for everyone else. Or celebrating her 1.5, 2.5, 3.5 etc. year birthday instead of 1, 2, 3 etc.