This is a busy time of year: special events, decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, fun events, parties…the list goes on during the holidays.Oh, and all of these things are in addition to the normal life activities (cooking, cleaning, laundry) that must continue.
So imagine how busy it can be when you add a birthday in this time of year. A holiday baby is certainly a wonderful blessing – can you really think of a better gift? – but you don’t want the birthdays to get lost in the shuffle.
My brother was born December 26. In his younger years, he hated being born the day after Christmas. Usually his siblings were so caught up in the excitement of Christmas and the new toys left under the tree that we hardly noticed his special day. He instituted an “open one gift every hour on the hour” rule for a few years in middle school. (Yes, he’d make us all gather round and watch him open one birthday gift at a time). It wasn’t until we became adults and went away to college and then married and moved away that we realized what a blessing it was to have a holiday birthday. After all, with so many friends and family coming back to town during the season, he always got to celebrate his birthday with friends and family.
Birthdays are meant to be special and we believe everyone should be celebrated. Whether someone is turning one or 101 during the holiday season, take a moment to make the day special.
Here are a few simple ways to make sure nothing gets lost in the shuffle.
- Go with a cake that isn’t holiday-themed. Forget red and green icing. Pick a fun design that is all birthday – bright colors, fun sprinkles, a favorite color. Just go in a different direction than a cake that could be mistaken for a Christmas one.
- Celebrate. Candles in a morning donut at the breakfast table? Dinner at the birthday boy’s favorite restaurant? Sweets delivered in the mail? These are simple ways to make an individual feel special on their special day.
- Put up a few birthday decorations. Amid the boughs of holly, hang a birthday banner (you can find ones at the dollar store!), put some fun balloons on the mailbox or simply have young ones color a sign. A small gesture like this to signal the day can mean a lot.
- Let us help! We’ve love to take something off your list so let us help prepare the sweets for a holiday birthday. We can do a cake in a variety of sizes in a favorite flavor, cupcakes with a favorite character or birthday theme or make sure breakfast pastries are ready to go bright and early to get the birthday started one the right note.
We all know there’s a lot to do this season, but let us help take the stress out of things. Give us a call so we can help!