People with birthdays in December often feel neglected. With the holidays in full swing, many people simply combine the birthday celebration with the rest of the holiday celebrations. However, December birthdays deserve recognition just like other birthdays.
While the holidays are a time for excitement, that does not mean that a December birthday should be forgotten or ignored. Instead, a December birthday should be celebrated. Even if the celebration is small, it can make all the difference.
When it comes to winter birthdays, there are plenty of celebration options. For younger people, ice-skating, indoor birthday parties and even a night out to the movies can be all it takes to celebrate. Snow parties are also an option for a fun alternative to a traditional birthday party. Snow parties are typically held outside and feature games such as snowball fights, sledding races, snow candy and a snow sculpture competition.
Refreshments for December birthday parties can be just as festive and joyous as holiday celebration foods. Winter-inspired cookies such as snicker doodles or pumpkin spice cookies make fun and festive refreshments. Instead of using typical holiday cookie cutters, cookies can be cut and decorated to look like birthday present boxes. Warm hot chocolate or rich ciders can be served instead of soda or punch. If there is snow on the ground, snow candy can be made by boiling maple syrup and pouring it on the snow. Snow candy making is not only fun, but also results in a tasty treat that can only be made during the winter.
Birthday gifts are another problem with December birthdays. Many people assume that when a birthday falls in the month of December, presents should simply be doubled-up with holiday gift giving. However, since a birthday is a celebration completely separate to the holidays, separate gifts are important to give the birthday person.
Birthday gifts show a person that people care. The gift does not have to be extravagant, or overly expensive. The key to giving a good birthday present is to cater to what the person enjoys. For example, if the person enjoys books, a gift card to a bookstore or a new book written by the person’s favorite author could be an enjoyable gift.
Another option for gifts is to embrace the month. Jewelry that features the December birthstone can make beautiful, thoughtful gifts. Topaz, turquoise, and onyx are all December-related stones and can be given as a token of good luck to the birthday person.
While the holiday season is a hectic time, it is also a time for family and friends. Even though the month of December is all about the holidays, birthdays still deserve recognition. Celebrating a December birthday can be just as eventful and exciting as any holiday party can.