Birthday near Christmas?

My son's birthday is December 23rd. This is problematic because it's 2 days before Christmas, which is already hectic regardless of birthdays. My question is: how do you plan for it? We've been doing the close family and friends route so far, but I want him to be able to have friends come and celebrate as well as he gets older. We have also separated his birthday from Christmas so far because it's important to us that people don't just lump it together because it's still his birthday and it's still a holiday. This doesn't mean he has a plethora of gifts from others, btw. Just that we have cake and presents on his birthday and then the rest goes to Christmas. Any suggestions would be appreciated <3

  • AdamAnt
    Nov 16, 2018

    One of our kids has a December birthday close to Christmas. We’re also diligent about keeping the to celebrations separate. Sometimes this means making party plans well before or well after their birthday. We do the best we can, and make sure our kid has two separate times in which to celebrate.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 16, 2018

    My sons birthday is the 28th we had his party 2 weeks earlier last year but he only got one small gift from us. It was more of a party just for his family and friends to enjoy with him. Then on his birthday I made him cupcakes and gave him gifts from us. It seemed to work out and everyone still got him gifts for Christmas. He only had a great grandma that gave him money and said it was for both.

  • Ivy
    Nov 16, 2018

    We tend to keep our birthday celebrations small and so far, we’ve only done family members with our 3 and 1 year old. My husband actually prefers not inviting anyone and just having it be us and the kids, but I really wanted his family over too. Cause I know I would’ve wanted mine over if they were near. I’ve done full decorations and made cakes, even with just a small amount of people over, it’s nice for photos. My second turns 2 on Dec 23rd, and what I plan to do as the kids get older, is let them invite a few friends over for their birthday— their pick, they don’t even have to have a party, I can take them out. My mom kind of did that for us. I always had maybe 2-3 friends come hang out with me and I always thought it felt intimate and memorable. All my kids will have a small party or celebration to keep it low key and it makes it fair for our one child who was born near Christmas

  • Andrea
    Nov 16, 2018

    My oldest is the 24th. This year, we’re doing a “friend” party early on the 16th. Last year, we did a friend party late in early January. We also always do a family celebration on his actual birthday and we keep his birthday and Christmas very separate. It’s a little more work for us to plan both events, but I don’t want him feeling like he’s losing out on his special day. I also try to get special birthday wrapping paper for his special birthday presents and we do small birthday decorations on his day. I avoid red color decorations so it doesn’t seem like it’s an extension of Christmas, and I also try really hard to refer to the 24th as his birthday and not Christmas Eve.

  • Julie
    Nov 16, 2018

    My cousins birthday is on New Year’s Eve. Obviously not a great time to have a birthday party. What my aunt did was have a smaller celebration for him on that day and then threw a big bash on his half birthday (June 30th/end of June) every year.

  • Turquoise
    Nov 16, 2018

    My son’s birthday is December 27. We are having a party with friends two weeks before his birthday. On his birthday he gets to pick something fun to do with family (usually the space museum). We have cake and he opens a big present from his dad and I.

  • Hannah
    Nov 20, 2018

    My sons birthday is Dec 27. We always do something as a family on his actual birthday then have a party a couple weeks later around the middle of January to give family and friends (and ourselves) time to “recover” from the holidays. I think it’s been beneficial In keeping the holidays and his birthday separate! I’m very dedicated to making sure he experiences his birthdays the same as anyone else would!

  • Erin
    Nov 20, 2018

    I've got two kids, born the 29th and 25th. Their birthdays are usually just cake with family. But, we do a big party with friends for their half birthday. So far, I've been able to combine the half Birthday party (4 times so far) but I suspect we may be hosting two half birthday parties next year.

  • KM
    Dec 01, 2018

    My daughter's birthday is Christmas Eve. Last year we had a family celebration the weekend before, then invited all her friends for her half birthday party in June. Everyone thought the half birthday party was a good idea and it gave us a lot more venue options.