Memorable Birthdays

My birthday is December 31, and it’s always been both a blessing and a curse.

As a child, I often felt disappointed that some of my gifts were for both Christmas and birthday, in one. When you are a kid this is a pretty big deal! Then as I got older, I felt that my special day was blurred into the bigger festivity that is New Year’s Eve. Even though my birthday always ended with fireworks, it was always an addition to the day’s events, not a highlight like ones on other days of the year.

Looking back though, my birthdays were pretty special, and it was all thanks to my Mother. Each year she came up with some unique way to make it entirely special. For instance, I always had the biggest and best sleepovers. They were very popular, since it gave my friends’ parents the whole night off for New Year’s Eve. What a bonus, right? Bless my Mother!

Fastforward to today; I have three girls including twin daughters. Years from now, I don’t want the twins to have any disappointments about having to share their special day with their sister. While we all do share our birthday with many people in this world, they share their day with someone in the same house.

Taking a page from my Mother and knowing how easy it is for kids to feel left out – my goal every year is to make it special for each of them. As individuals.

Most years we have 2 cakes for the twins, we sing twice so that each gets to blow out their own candles. Plus, I try not to buy them shared gifts. This might mean that I have to purchase a couple of duplicate items, or different ones according to their individual wants.


It might get tricky in the upcoming years when they have different friends (as they will be in separate classes) and I’m sure the year will come when they want a different theme or party location. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it, yet making the day special for each of them will always be my goal.

A birthday comes but once a year and regardless of age, when that day comes we all feel like kids again. We all hope to have a piece of cake and feel pampered. I am in my 30s now, but it always makes my heart swell to hear my older sister singing to me on my answering machine once a year.

Tell me about your Memorable Birthdays! How do you make it a very special day for your kids?

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  1. Rhonda Albom says

    It’s really wonderful that you take the time to make each girl feel special. I think I failed on that the year my daughter turned 9. We were flying on the day before, crossed the date line and her birthday never happened. (In reality we visited family all over the US, and everyone felt bad for her and made her a cake.).

    • says

      Awe, I can imagine how you felt but you made the most of it and I’m sure she loved the unique birthday – especially that it was drawn out! lol

  2. Ellen Christian says

    My birthday is December 6th & my Dad’s is December 19th. I totally understand how you feel!

  3. susan says

    My birthday is not on a special day, but it is special because of me :) I would love to try these new oreo’s though…

  4. Ester G says

    Those are some great ideas, it must be a challenge to make each of them feel special. I love that you make separate cakes etc.. Will you do two separate parties when they have different friends in different classes?

    • says

      Ahhh, that is the million dollar question! A fellow twin mom and I were talking about that – definitely for her, even with her twins at 6 since they are boy/girl and different classes. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see for us.

  5. Sarah B says

    I love that you make sure they each have a special birthday! We have friends who are twins and I always make a point of giving separate gifts! My mom always made sure my birthday was super special and I think part of it was because hers is dec 27 th and often got lost in the celebration of Christmas!

    • says

      Good for you! So funny how you know about the twin/gifting issue plus the birthday being close to Christmas. I guess it takes knowing or being in both situations to understand.

  6. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide says

    I think birthday celebrations are so important! I remember when I was 16 my mom took me to NYC for a Broadway show with a few friends- it wasn’t a blowout bash, but I will never forget it!
    My brothers are twins and we still make a point (they’re 21) at celebrating them as individuals!

  7. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I bet that is a challenge to make them each feel special, but it sounds like you’re really on top of it :)

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