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  1. Kathleen Curry
    December 15, 2016

    What a brilliant, informative, and timely post! Thanks!!

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  2. Alex
    January 7, 2017

    My son’s birthday is on the 29th and it relate SO MUCH! I always try to do something special for him. I’m going to try to make a priority every year for him. I love this article, it’s so perfect.

    Thank you!

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  3. Peter
    September 13, 2017

    Interesting that post-December 25 babies wait for the upcoming gifts. It’s great that they aren’t given combined gifts. It save people so much time and money to give one card and one gift wrapped in Holiday paper. One sock for Christmas and one for birthday is a classic. I’m a December 24 baby. Please know that the experience gift is a good idea, but still a consolation prize for the parties they will rarely if ever have. Of course, her friends won’t come over if you try for a party, but will expect gifts at their own parties. It also reinforces the idea that her birthday is different from everybody else’s–and she, uniquely, gets nothing to show for it. Half-birthdays? Not serious; try that in a restaurant some time.

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      September 13, 2017

      Well, actually, we did a half birthday party for Allie this year. It was a great success. Her friends all came. We also went out to a restaurant and told them that we were celebrating her birthday, and they sang and made a fuss. She said it was the best birthday ever.

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      • Peter
        September 14, 2017

        I am happy to stand corrected. Good for her!

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      • Betsy
        March 22, 2018

        My birthday is on December 25th and I have milked half birthdays for all they’re worth! I love celebrating my half birthday! Its not the same as a birthday party on the same day, but it’s special and quirky and totally up to me when exactly I do it and – outside in nice weather! (Currently 27 years old)

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  4. patrice swenson
    December 7, 2017

    My sons is on the 24th….and while he doesn’t seem to mind the date he doesn’t understand why he can’t have an actual party on his birthday. I love the birthday tree idea. I am going to do that this year. I always try to make a point of Christmas eve being his day. Thanks for the ideas.

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  5. Michele
    December 11, 2017

    This is a great article. My son’s birthday is Dec. 17th. We always celebrate his birthday with mom, dad, and sisters on the day but save a fun filled family party for the summer. He loves having “two” birthdays along with 2 cakes every year. We usually have a birthday cookie or cupcakes in Dec. and let him pick a bakery cake for his summer party. Aunts, uncles, and grandparents don’t always agree with holding their gifts until summertime but most have come around over the last 8 years!

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  6. Angie W.
    December 20, 2017

    As one who has a son with a December 16 birthday, these are great tips. My son is 21 now and it’s not as big a deal to him, but in all his younger years, we made a concerted effort to not even start decorating until after his birthday. My own birthday is December 22 and I always felt cheated out of the celebration so I wanted to make sure he never felt the same. I think it gets hard when you try to have other people follow your lead, but at least his immediate family made the effort.

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  7. Danielle Miller
    November 23, 2018

    December 13th baby here, and while we’re at it, December 14th birthday as well (my brother was born 3 years and one day after I was). Needless to say, I have never had a singular birthday to myself until I turned 21. It was either lumped in with Christmas (my dad was famous for that one) or me and my brother had one big day to celebrate both days. I firmly ascribe to the thought that December babies should get separate days from Christmas for their birthdays, and me and my husband have made it a sort of tradition to go out to a movie and lunch/dinner on my birthday. He didn’t realize how big of a deal it was that I wanted a birthday separate from Christmas until we dated, and I guess it made my family realize that I’d rather not be the afterthought during the holiday season. If any of my children had gotten the curse of the December birthday, I would have made sure that they got their own special day as well. Thankfully, I managed to have all three in the spring/summer, so they got lucky there. I’d never wish my experiences with my birthdays on anyone.

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  8. Cecilia
    March 16, 2019

    Thank You so much for the great ideas. Both of my kids are December baby’s (14th and 16th, 5 years and two days apart). I try to make their birthdays as fun and memorable as possible. They get to pick there theme and each of them gets a cake to there liking. We will have to try a half birthday this year. I know they would love that!

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  9. deaner smith
    September 2, 2019

    My daughter is 19 now and she was born on December 25 ever since I can remember we’ve been putting up 2 Christmas trees for her on both sides of the living room between the fireplace she loves it one tree is decorated for Christmas with present underneath it wrapped in Christmas wrapping and the other one decorated in her birthday theme that changes ever year and wrapping paper in the same birthday theme if I can find it so she has a birthday and Christmas in one

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  10. sajoia
    October 14, 2019

    My son´s birthday is on December 26 and from the day he was born I made it very clear that they are two separate day and will always be treated as such and if those rules cant be respected please dont bother. So far it has worked and every year we change the tree over night into a birthday tree with all new gifts. We go out after and enjoy a nice day doing what ever we see fit for him at the time. Once back home its a mini party with cake ice cream ect. So far so good, we try to take him different places each year too. For a while I was worried he would grow up hating it but he doesn’t and Ive done most of if not everything in this list.

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  11. Kate
    November 29, 2019

    Thank you for posting this! My husband’s a Christmas Day baby, my brother’s birthday is the 23rd (which was also my parents’ anniversary), & I also have a couple of friends who are Christmas Day babies. I love the idea of decorating the tree in birthday decorations and especially love the idea of having 2 trees so that the emphasis of there being 2 holidays celebrated is even more pronounced.

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  12. Natasha
    December 5, 2019

    My birthday is on Christmas itself- Dec 25th! And it is my 18th this year and have no clue what to do for it! I’ve also never had a day where my birthday is celebrated on its own, like the 25th is always a blend of Christmas and birthday. Sometimes it feels like my birthday is just swallowed up by Christmas although my mum does try to make it special. As this year is a special birthday I would love it to be a bit different but don’t know how!

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