My friend is having a baby and it is due around Christmas. She was discussing with me about how some people are saying to her about her son, don’t do birthday celebrations and just do Christmas or have a Christmas themed birthday. Has anyone been in this situation with a baby born at Christmas? How do you deal with birthdays?

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  • We treat our daughter’s birthday as very separate to Christmas. I “theme” the presents – eg her birthday might be unicorns, and Christmas mermaids. I really don’t think it’s fair to combine it with christmas, especially if the child has siblings who get both.

  • I would definitely take a couple of hours on Christmas Day to celebrate the birthday on it’s own.

  • Definitely need to celebrate the birthday separately (even if it lands on Christmas day) or I suppose do a different date for Christmas… “Christmas in July” or the orthodox Christmas about 2 weeks later. Our Christmas celebrations often span several days anyway so room to move if the birth date is the 25th.

  • My sister in laws birthday is on the 25th , yep Xmas day and she hates it .She has no choice as it falls on the day and sometimes she may have a cake , depending on whats on etc. She tries to do what she wants as much as she can since it is her day so its better to make the day flexible so not to stress out too much .

  • Delay the birthday party always ensure the baby doesn’t get joint presents ( at least from you or close family) for activities on the day as they get older we used to go to the movieson christmas night with our mate wwho’s birthday was on Christmas

  • I was born on boxing day, we always had xmas early, and then my birthday on my actual birthday..

  • My brother’s birthday is right before Christmas. We always celebrated both. Now that he lives further away, we do combine with Christmas to see him but have separate presents and a birthday card.

  • my step sister was born on christmas day.
    And we used to have her birthday the day before or after depending if she was at her dads for christmas. But when she was at primary school her mum used to let her have a party the last day of school as we used to finish at 12 pm so all her friends would go to there house for a party.

    hope this helps.

  • I have a niece with a son born 26th december and so he doesn’t miss out on his party with friends she holds it on a suitable november date. Has worked really well for son and mother.

  • My niece was born on the 15th dec. It’s her special day so she gets a party of her choice & they don’t put up xmas decorations until the 16th.

  • I would still absolutely do birthdays for bubs, it will be a bit mean not to. But I would organise birthday parties before Xmas and have a special family gathering at home on birthday. I have had friends that have been born close to Xmas time and they all say how much they hate that people try and combine presents and give them christmasy themed gifts for birthdays. So be sure to seperate gifts that have little to no connection to Xmas. It will be tough when they are younger, but less so I imagine as they get older.

  • thanks for your input ladies. i think she should still celebrate the birthday no matter when it is. my friend will love to hear your stories and hopefully when her bub is born and she has free time, she can join “mums”.

  • My friends daughter is a Christmas baby. Actual Christmas day! She always had an early celebration with friends usually before school breaks up because otherwise everyone else is on holidays… She’s 21 now and it hasn’t affected her!

  • My daughter was born on the 21st of Dec. unfortunately that is so close to Christmas that we can’t hold off on Christmas decorations etc till after her birthday. I feel it would be mean to skip her birthday, especially as she has siblings. We try to theme presents for her birthday and Christmas to distinguish them (eg dolls for birthday, craft for Christmas). I think that’ll get easier as she gets older! She’s turning two this year.

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