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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