Celebrating birthdays on Christmas Day

Susan - posted on 10/31/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I had the great pleasure of giving birth to my daughter on Christmas day. It was the best present ever however, every year it is a big struggle to try and separate her birthday from Christmas Day. I would love to hear any suggestions.

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Marie Jayne - posted on 01/06/2012

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I know exactly how you feel love. I too got the best Christmas Present i could ever ask/wish for. My little girl was born Christmas day too. She was 3 last. Its sooo difficult isnt it. People dont come round on her birthday cos they're at home celebrating Christmas with they're families.(Which i do understand) so having a Birthday party isnt an option. Whilst she was MY bestest ever present, i was worried FOR her. My mum statred it off by buying her a half birthday present on the 25th June(mainly because she knew she would no longer be around to see her 2nd birthday) so with that tradition started i now buy her a gift then.. When she gets a little older i'll start having a half birthday party for her then too. No matter how many times i "mention" the seperate "birthday" and "christmas" presents or paper, people have always said "i forgot birthday paper so i wrapped it in xmas paper" or " i got her this present for christmas AND birthday".. Where as others get one for each. I'd love to hear any other ideas too. Good Luck with your LO dilemma. If i hear of any other good ideas i'll post them on . . Also She knows that "Father Christmas" brings her Christmas presents and the "Birthday Bunny" brings her Birthday Presents... This might sound daft but when i put up the christmas decorations i leave one side of the house then on christmas Eve, as soon as she goes to sleep i do the other half in Birthday banners along with the outside of the house and have bought her a BIG BIG age balloon. (No. 3 last time so it'll be a No.4 this year)..lol

Kelly - posted on 11/02/2009

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my friend had a little girl on xmas day six years ago and she has used father xmas to bring her presents on xmas morning and then a birthday fairy who brings the b/day presents in the afternoon...... she also splits up the day by making sure the family have lunch at 12 / 1230 and then the b/day presents are placed on the little girls bed so she knows the difference between xmas and birthdays and up til now its worked. Also the mum asks everybody to buy for both xmas and birthday and to wrap in seperate kinds of paper.

Chardone - posted on 11/01/2009

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I have two suggestions....My cousins birthday is the 21st and we always have a certain day we celebrate their birthdays with kids they dont really care what day they celebrate their birthdays as long as they get presents and cake/ice cream.....The other suggestion is my family we always get together Christmas Eve and have a big dinner and then Christmas morning we only do breakfast and presents. Maybe you could do it that way and say that the BIRTHDAY was that night....Then it would differeniate between the two....I hope this helps

Angie - posted on 11/01/2009

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While I was not born on Christmas Day I am a Christmas Eve baby. My mom always found a way to seperate my birthday from Jesus' birthday. With that in mind, I suggest that the morning be about Jesus' birthday and the afternoon be about your daughter's birthday. Then on the 26th you could continue celebrating the 12 days or Christmas. Or....give Christmas gifts on the same day that Christ received his gifts - on the 12th day of Christmas. Just some thoughts.



I have to say, I have never been sorry that my birthday is on Christmas Eve. I love being able to almost share my birthday with Jesus and I have always felt very special because God chose to allow me to be born so close to His son's birthday.

Marcy - posted on 11/01/2009

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My son was born on Christmas Eve. We have decided to do a half-birthday in the summer when out-of-town family is here for a visit. All the family celebrates that like it's his real birthday. Then my husband and I just do cupcakes and our presents for him on Christmas Eve. Now how do we keep our daughter from getting jealous that he gets TWO birthdays and she just gets one!

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Debra - posted on 11/06/2009

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My granddaughters birthday is January 2 which we celebrate on the actual day, however, with X-mas and New Years so close I'm sure it doesn't seem like her special day so as she got older we started having a summer birthday pool party with some of her friends with just cake, ice cream and goody bags for her friends. Everyone enjoyed the smaller get together and she felt like it was her "Special Day"!

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I was born on the 19th and it always sucked. I never had a really big party as everyone was away or at Christmas parties.

the best thing ever was having a half birthday. eg 15 1/2 on June 19th. So much fun.

I always laugh. The first one I had was a surprise party. the biggest surprise was it wasn't even my birthday.

Sommer - posted on 11/01/2009

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A friend of mine was born on Christmas day, her mum made sure that from after lunch they had celebrated Christmas and then taken down the decorations. From then on it became her birthday

Kyrieanne - posted on 11/01/2009

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Hi there my cousin was born on christams day and i always remember that she did the day in two halves.....she was born in the afternoon so she celebrated christmas in the morning and her birthday in the evening...and i always remember that my aunt would throw her a small party at tea time thats one way how you could seperate it

Anne - posted on 11/01/2009

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It has been a process with us too though Beth and James were born January 6 and 10 respectively.
We always purchased gifts for Christmas, wrapped them and put them aside, then purchased an additional gift or two and wrapped them in birthday paper. By separating the gift process we were able to spend less and the kids understand that Birthdays are celebrated on a less grand scale than Christmas. For the Christmas day dilemma, depending on how old your daughter is, start a new tradition to separate the celebrations. Pick a time (such as the time of birth) and celebrate then, if she was born in the evening, etc... If the birth was close to Christmas eve or Dec 26 celebrate on these days instead. You didn't say how old she was so, I cannot say how she will react. The older the child the harder to set the tradition without informed agreement from the child. Talk to her if she is older and see what her desires are; otherwise, just start the tradition(s) and stick to it. The child will see the differences you set as she begins to understand the dilemma herself and will see the effort you put in to holding both celebrations. As long as you relax and worry less over the process, she will be relaxed and accept this a good thing.

Susan - posted on 10/31/2009

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Thank you so much for all your replies. I have never done anything like this and it is truely humbling that people that I don't know could and would even care.

Vicki - posted on 10/31/2009

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Yep Christmas babies get ripped off :) I would celebrate her birthday a week, a month or even six months early.

Vivian - posted on 10/31/2009

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hi susan, i know the feeling of being over joyed about the brith foyour daughter being born on christmas day. i too was born on the 26th of december, and for a long time my family would alway say this is your xmas present or this is your brithday present, never here's your xmas present, and this is your brithday gift. later it became one big gift for the two days, then later in years i might get one or the other or nothing at all, so don't bet yourself up tring to separate the two, just love her and combine them if you wish, then prehaps you need to ask her how she feel about the suggestion, get her point of view ,you might be suprised. if you decide to give her parties as she grow older just make one big party, it all good when it is a very big gift, don't worry about it. you probably the one that is making the different lol. good luck.

Donna - posted on 10/31/2009

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My daugther was born December 28 - a birthday between two major holidays. So it is really difficult to celebrate her birthday on the day off her actual birthday. So in order to make it special without breaking the bank, we would a celebrate her actualy birthday with intimate family dinner. We would have a small gathering for friends and family such as a barbecue and pizza party for her friends at school. My daughter is now 14, and she never felt cheated - so she says!

Jenny - posted on 10/31/2009

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I feel your pain. My daughter is on Boxing Day (Dec. 26th). We usually spend the day sledding and then have a nice meal, presents and cake as a family. We do her party the first Saturday after winter break with her friends so she gets two birthdays as a bonus I guess lol.

Marcelle - posted on 10/31/2009

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Hi there my brother in law is on the 24th Dec, a friend is on the 25th Dec and my niece (6 years old) on the 29th Dec. We make sure each year we do not forget to wish them as that is a big thing. A lot of people forget birthdays which are on the same day or VERY close to Christmas. My brother-in-law has stopped celebrating his birthday. Our friend's wife makes a big deal for him on the day amongst family and for "big" birthdays they have a party soon after in January. My sister-in-law has a party for my niece just before the schools close and everyone goes on holiday. Then on her birthday the family simply wish her. From all of them, it seems the main thing is to make sure people actually remember that it is not only Christmas, but also their birthdays. Hope this helps!

Heather - posted on 10/31/2009

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My uncles birthday was Dec 28th. He usually had a meal at home with his family, a special birthday one, and then we picked another date to celebrate his birthday when we could devote our attention only to celebrating his special day. I know this may ot work real well with kids, but it's the only thing I have.

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