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My son turns two soon and I would like to start some nice family birthday traditions/rituals for him. His birthday is in March so I could do something with the beginning of Spring. Another thought I had was to get a special book for that birthday and have family/friends sign it. Any other ideas/suggestions?
 

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My friend started the tradition with her DS that on our birthday "we give presents and get presents" so they donated diapers to the local homeless shelter. I thought it was really cool and something I plan on doing with my kids.<br><br>
Also, given that his b-day is in spring time you could plant a little garden together or something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My son's birthday is on Christmas, so our traditions are meant to separate his birthday from the holiday.<br><br>
I bought an advent house, not a calendar but an actual house. We will start counting down the days to his birthday.<br><br>
We will celebrate Christmas on the 24th. He can open stockings on the 25th, but we'll be taking off to go on a trip. His first birthday we spent the night in a lighthouse on the pacific ocean. His second birthday we were going to the mountains to play in the snow, but I got sick. Fortunately he wasn't aware of the difference.<br><br>
He will probably have several parties each year. When we do Christmas with husband's family, with my family, on Christmas, and with friends.<br><br>
I don't think this answers your questions, but I thought if I shared what we do you might get an idea for your traditions.
 

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we bought this : <a href="http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1072/.f" target="_blank">http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A/id.1072/.f</a><br><br>
and plan on getting a different ornament each year for DD and writing on the bottom of it what year/birthdate it was.<br><br>
the birthday ring is a popular tradition in Germany
 

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we're doing a birthday ring also, and planting something. We began by planting a tree for Aidan when he was born. He loves candles so much and tiny things that i thought the birthday ring would be a nice idea. I'll also tell him his birth story if he likes as he gets older, he loves giving monikers to the trees, like MissMaple who watches over us through the bedroom window. He was born at home in April, a taurus. We'll focus on doing what he loves to do and let the party idea grow as he gets older too. On his actual anniversary day it'll be just us doing something special he wants to do....like the park, or beach or hiking some place we'v'e frequented. He loves the tent too, so we may camp or at least set it up in the yard....lol.<br><br>
I'll be watching for more fun stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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For dd's first birthday I made her a wool felt birthday crown (kind of like <a href="http://soulemama.typepad.com/soulemama/2007/03/a_little_about_.html" target="_blank">this</a>) and embroidered a bird on it (a phoebe for Phoebe!). I also embroidered a flower for one year old and I'll add a new flower each year.
 
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