December is definitely the busiest month of the year, and most festive too. With the Christmas carols, reunions, and gift giving, even grownups cannot get enough of the preparation and celebration ahead. Yet most kids whose birthdays come at this time are given a less-unique birthday celebration, unfortunately, compared to those who celebrate their birthdays on ordinary days of other months. Put yourself in your child’s shoes: you somehow feel ripped off by this.
So what if it is December? You can still prepare your child’s special day without breaking the bank, or slashing your purse, and leaving your holiday celebration behind. Let them feel special on their birthday, in the midst of a holiday rush, by following these tips:
1. Plan your child’s birthday celebration separately from your holiday celebration. Make sure to plan ahead. It does not have to be grand, but make it special and unique. Go over the same party reminders, such as themes, costumes, and decorations, but keep your budget intact. How do you that? Learn how to recycle and purchase cheaper items—your child won’t complain. He’ll be happy that you’re making his birthday a special occasion, separate from Christmas and New Year’s Day. Be creative.
2. If you are not really ready, or have no time at all for birthday preparations, you also have two options.
• First, you can ask family members, relatives, and close friends to help you out with the preparations, or seek contributions and pool in resources to pull through with the party—if that is okay with them. So instead of everyone buying toys and clothes as gifts, the whole party is in itself their gift to your child. For example, the birthday cake could come as a gift from an aunt, the balloons from a cousin. Then wrap a special birthday gift just for your child.
• Second, you may not have a party at home, but you can invite some of your child’s friends to join him in a day-out with the family. What you can probably do is eat out and go malling, watch a fun movie for the kids, or go to the zoo, park, or anywhere interesting.
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