Kids Birthdays and the Holidays are a challenge for any parent. Believe me not only have I lived through my own childhood experience of always having an Easter Birthday (which for the record is a 2 week school break in the UK!) I now have to navigate my sons New Year’s Day Birthday celebrations.
Things that stink:
There is no mail!! How can you get a pile of cards or parcels when the mail isn’t delivered?
There is some kind of party other than yours going on that everyone gets to go to.
People forget as they are so busy with the Holidays.
People are away on vacation therefore you are challenged to get party attendees – “oh we can come if we are not at the mountain”!
You get doubled up gifts ‘this is for Christmas and your Birthday.’
With a Birthday near Christmas the house is already saturated with new stuff so getting more a week later lacks the magic it would do on some random date in June.
As I parent I try to make it as special as possible, I make sure all of the Christmas decorations are down and we make an effort to do Birthday decorations and balloons. We get a different surprise not just a leftover off the Santa list gift. There is a party of some kind with whoever can make it and we really try to make it a special day.
Camp birthday’s fall into the not quite your average Birthday celebration category.
Awesome things that happen on camp Birthdays:
170+ people sing to you!
People take time to make you stuff like cards and friendship bracelets.
Everyone has to come to the party and dress up in crazy costumes.
There is a Birthday song known only to Runoia people.
You get to parade around an entire dining hall showing off your cake
You likely get to celebrate again when you get home.
However you celebrate your Birthday we hope it’s always got ‘cake with candles on top’ I dare someone to try putting them on the bottom!