If your child’s birthday falls on or near a major holiday, it can be a bit of a downer. And according to researchers, those whose birthdays fall during the winter holidays are the most dissatisfied with their birthdays. Fortunately, with a little planning and creativity, you can prevent the birthday blues and give your kid a memorable, fun, and happy birthday! Keep reading to learn how to celebrate winter and holiday birthdays right.
How to Avoid a Birthday Bummer
There are many reasons why winter and holiday birthdays can feel like drawing the short straw. If a birthday falls on or near a holiday, people are more likely to forget it or be busy on the day. It can be challenging to have a birthday party at all when so many people are busy or out of town. But in addition to the scheduling conflicts of holiday birthdays, there’s also the issue of “combined” birthday gifts that also double as Christmas or Hannukah gifts. Kids with birthdays that fall from mid-November through January can easily feel like their birthdays are overshadowed by Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and other celebrations. Not to mention the fact that many people are emotionally, socially, and financially tapped out after the holidays, so they may not have the money for the types of gifts and parties as they would at another time of year. Winter is also cold and flu season, making it more likely that guests will wind up missing a celebration due to sickness. All in all, it’s no wonder that most people surveyed say they think mid-June is the perfect time for birthdays!
Make it clear that you’re celebrating their birthday.
One simple way to keep a smile on your birthday kid’s face is to use birthday paper and birthday themed paper goods and decorations for your celebration. As tempting as it may be, don’t reach for that convenient roll of Christmas-y wrapping paper. Instead, use birthday paper or get creative with butcher paper, craft paper, newspaper—really anything that doesn’t have Santa, elves, or trees on it.
You don’t need to take down all of your seasonal decorations, but consider swapping out the centerpiece of your dining table, adding balloons around the room, or making a “Happy Birthday!” sign or banner.
If you are planning a party near a major holiday or during the holiday season, mail invitations early and consider inviting more guests.
Giving people more time to plan is a great way to ensure better turnout for your child’s birthday party. Mail invitations at least 5-6 weeks before the party, and consider even inviting slightly more people in anticipation of the inevitable no-shows.
Move your child’s celebration to their half-birthday.
(Disclaimer: Talk to your child, and don’t do this unless your child is OK with it.) While it may be unconventional, one thing some families do is to celebrate the winter baby’s birth on their half birthday! This can be great if a child wants an outdoor activity like swimming.
No matter how you decide to celebrate your kid’s birthday, we hope you make some great memories. Book your Lockport birthday party online now!