Making a Niece or Nephew's December Birthday Special
Written By Savvy Auntie Staff Writers
By Melanie Linn Gutowski
Parties. Food. Friends. These are all great things to have on your birthday, but when your special day falls late in the year, celebrating your own existence - or those of the kids in your life - can fall by the wayside. Having a birthday late in the year can be a tough juggle for anyone, but it's especially difficult for younger nieces and nephews. Here are some ways Savvy Aunties can help keep their special day truly special.
-Make a fuss. While we Aunties generally do this already, it doesn't hurt to make a little extra fuss over a December birthday. Take time out of holiday parties to sing "Happy Birthday," or include the birthday boy or girl's favorite dish in the party offerings.
-Politely ignore the upcoming (or recently passed) holidays. Opt out of "combination" gifts that meld holiday presents with birthday gifts; offer distinctive gifts for each occasion.
-Make a "date." The holidays are busy times for many families, so reserve a date well in advance for a special celebration. Take your niece out for a manicure, or take your nephew to the skating rink. Let them choose their favorite things to do, and then indulge them!
-Celebrate a "half-birthday" in the spring or summer months. Have your niece or nephew choose a date on which to celebrate a half-birthday with presents, cake, or a favorite activity. This could be a full-blown party, or it could be a one-on-one event for the two of you.
Melanie Linn Gutowski, Savvy Auntie's Associate Editor, is a proud Godmother and ABC.
Published: December 21, 2010