5 Things You Should NEVER Do To a December Baby (or Birthday!)
I have embraced my December baby status for a long while now. (Seriously, what else can you do when your name is Holly?) Along the way there have been a few rough awkward moments though. Having a birthday in December can be a little bit different than any other time of year. When we were planning on when to have our babies – we both agreed NOT December! Not only would it make it potentially crazy with our birthdays 2 days in a row, we didn’t want our kids to have the “December baby experience”. We are expecting a new niece or nephew who is also going to be a December baby, so I had to lay out the ground rules, so to speak. For the rest of you, here’s what you need to know.
Don’t Wrap The Present in Christmas Paper, or use a Christmas Card
It’s still a birthday present, so have a little consideration and wrap it in birthday paper. If you don’t have any birthday paper, wrap it in newspaper. Don’t wrap it in Christmas paper. Don’t use a Christmas Card as a birthday card. We’ll put it under the tree and not realize it’s our birthday present.
Don’t Do the Whole Birthday slash Christmas present
Do I have the option of giving you a birthday SLASH Christmas present if your birthday is not in December? No, I don’t. So, don’t go there. If you don’t want to give a birthday present, a card is fine.
Don’t make us compete with a stress-filled national holiday
There’s no competition. The holiday will win. Make a big deal about your December birthday person in whatever way you can. We know you’re already loaded down with gift shopping, treat making and figuring out how to get that turkey in the oven, but we’d be grateful for a little recognition.
Force Snow and Winter Themed Parties
Although I love snow, and embraced skating parties and sledding parties, ask your birthday guy or gal if they wouldn’t prefer mini-golf or a pool party. They will love you. (I would have killed for a indoor-mini-putt party as a kid).
Decorate with giant classic Christmas Decor
Leave the reindeer and jolly old Saint Nick until after the holidays. The hard and fast rule at my house was no traces of Christmas were allowed until after December 9. We still won’t put up any decorations until after that!
Are you a December baby too or have one in your family? What guidelines do you follow?