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It’s the most joyous time of the year! But if your child has a December birthday they may feel overlooked and passed over in the birthday wish department. With holiday parties, family get-togethers, school pageants…the list is endless, what’s a parent to do when it’s nearly impossible to carve out a few hours to celebrate with family and friends? Check out these 4 ideas on how to make a December Birthday special:

December Birthday - Toddler blowing out the candles on his birthday cake surrounded by family with a lit Christmas tree in the background.

December Birthday Idea #1:

Even if your child’s birthday falls on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day set aside a few hours to celebrate their special day. Avoid the holly and jolly by decorating the Christmas tree with birthday balloons, deck the hall with streamers and serve a birthday cake decorated with their favorite characters – pass on the Christmas cookies.

December Birthday Idea #2:

Skip the combination Christmas-Birthday gift and avoid wrapping birthday gifts in Christmas paper. Encourage relatives to take your lead and think outside the box for birthday gifts such as an outing to their favorite museum or zoo, store gift cards, tickets to the movies or a trip to their favorite pizza parlor.

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December Birthday - A young girl receiving birthday gifts at home in front of the Christmas tree.

December Birthday Idea #3:

Family traditions are a big part of all celebrations. Whether its breakfast in bed, a mother-daughter spa day or even a trip to see the latest superhero movie make sure to preserve your family’s birthday traditions even while carolers stroll your street.

A little planning goes along way, especially for those whose birthday falls the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

December Birthday Idea #4:

Consider hosting a half-birthday party in the summer with friends – go to venues you would never think of visiting in snowy December, such as a ball game, the beach, water park or even a forest preserve. You’ll have fun, create memories to last a lifetime and avoid the hustle and bustle of the holidays. If your child is older, get them involved in planning the festivities.

Just remember to celebrate on the actual date. Even a birthday cake eaten in the back of the family’s SUV on a holiday road trip can become a cherished memory.

December Birthday- Young family sitting next to a Christmas tree, wearing party hats and blowing a candle on their daughters birthday cupcake

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Do you have other tips to help celebrate a December birthday? Please share them below:

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