I've heard both negative and positive from friends and co-workers...
Though a teeny bit of me wishes DH and I took April off from TTC to avoid a 'holiday baby'. Is that bad?
It's really how you celebrate. I think if you separate the days and make them special, it won't be a big deal.
i forgot to add, I like the holiday season so much that I got married a week before my birthday. So I have Christmas, New Years, Wedding Anniversary and Birthday within a month. And now #2 is due the 10th!
Wife to my best friend and love of my life
For his first birthday, we had the party the last week of January mostly because people go to so many events those few weeks around Christmas/New Year. Now this baby is due January 1. Maybe we'll celebrate for this kid the first weekend of December. We'll have two issues, holiday birthdays and two kids born on almost the same day. poor kids. I'm sure we'll work it out.
(The real downside was that in college my birthday was always the week of or the week before final exams, and everyone was miserably studying and did not want to celebrate.)
My Dad's is on 12/20 and I think it's probably a little harder for him. The key is having there be a strict rule -- to celebrate the birthday with NO Christmas trappings. For instance, never wrap a holiday-season-birthday-gift in holiday wrapping paper! We holiday babies are very sensitive about that!
mama to jasper (12-17-10) and theodora (11-13-12)
I was born on Dec 15. I NEVER remember feeling short changed by having a b-day 10 days before Christmas. In fact, I remember as a kid having people make comments to me like, "Oh, poor you with a Christmas birthday..." and always being confused WHY it was a bad thing exactly.
Things that my mom did to make it special:
~ It was NOT combined with Christmas. The only "Christmas" thing about my b-day was she has *always* made sure to have the tree up by the 14th because my gifts go under it. I always LOVED this and still do! This past year was the ONLY year in my 34 years that the tree wasn't up in time.
~ I got cupcakes for school, a birthday party, and whatever else I would have normally gotten for presents/celebration whenever my birthday would have been. Yes, it can be a "tight" time of year for money, but neither your child's b-day or X-mas is a surprise. Budget appropriately and plan ahead.
I'm really curious if this baby will be born *on* Christmas. My due date is the 17th, and both our girls went exactly 1 week and 1 day over their due date. 1 week & 1 day past the 17th is the 25th! It will be interesting, but even if the baby has a b-day on the 25th I have no doubt we'll find lots of ways to make his/her day a special one.
My birthday is the week following Christmas and while I didn't get many gifts (and part of that is that we were not affluent by any stretch), my parents did a very good job of ensuring that I had a special party with lots of friends -- often we had to wait for school to be back in session to have it, but it didn't bother me.
There is really something special about a baby born in the teeth of winter-- the world is dormant and cold, and the baby comes, bringing a sense of hope and warmth. Definitely a great time to be born!
Now I don't know why I got the "we are getting the holiday bills now" routine and they got special day with my mom, but that might be something you could do or it could be a "special" with another family member who takes them out
Cindy + DH Paul = DS1 (4/26/06), DS2 (11/30/07), DD (12/20/10) & surprise 4th edition coming in April 2014.
Bradley Method Natural Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Breastfeeding Counselor
I plan on definitely keeping birthday/holiday separate, no matter what or how tight money is. I think that's very important!
I also think I might do a small "half-birthday" celebration in the middle of summer (this is my first kid so I can start that tradition)... I think it would be a fun thing to look forward to so all the big celebrations aren't in the same consecutive 5 months (oct-halloween, nov-thanksgiving, dec-christmas, jan-new year's, feb-valentine's day)... then we have a summer thing to have fun with!
One of my student's parents old me that in Venezuela (where he's from) they often name baby boys due around Christmas Jesus. He said he knew it was different in America. I told him I'd probably not name my child Jesus. I was thinking oh god no!
Dp, me ds#1 , ds #2 and ds#3
This one's due the same day he was, so I think we'll have 2 Christmas babies! My DH is Jan 7, too...it's nuts around here in December!
(my DH's name is Jesus - he's Mexican)
Mama to (10/05) and (12/07) (2/10) and expecting in December!
I'm not looking forward to one around the holidays, not least of all because of the financial issues... It's always a tight time of year.
But it'll all work out. DH's birthday is Nov 30th, we usually put up the tree next day. He enjoys having a birthday around that time.
My youngest was born December 10th. I don't guess we really did anything for her first birthday, but I am sure we will as she gets older.
With almost-5 kids, I always make an extra effort for birthdays to be YES days. I try to say YES as much as I can and let my kids choose all meals and daily fun.
mom of (8) (5) (3) and born at home on Christmas day!
My sister's second child was due on Christmas Day, and I thought it would be cool if she shared a birthday with her Grandad, but she was early on 12/21. Now my due date is New Year's and if s/he were to decide to come early and land on Christmas, I think that would be cool, to share a birthday. But I also have a grandmother who was a New Year's Eve baby, and a half-brother born on New Year's Day, so there's lots of family birthdays for possible sharing!