Celebrating a Birthday during Christmas Time

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Our son’s birthday is in January and we always have a hard time getting him gifts or dividing finances for him to still have a great gift and/or party for his Birthday. What is even harder is a Birthday right smak-dab in Christmas. I have been bumping into so many families that have at least one child who lands on this blessed month. Yesterday I encountered a mom with TWO kids in Christmas and I asked for some of her secrets!

She told me some people decide to do Un-Birthday Parties in earlier months or even in the summer months. Some choose to not celebrate Christmas until a certain day in the month after the Party. We do something similar to this and by Jan. 1st all Christmas decorations have to be put away because Jan. 4th is time for my boys Birthday. Those who have children on Christmas, they celebrate Jesus’ Birthday and theres together. This helps to recognize the special moment for their child too.

Some do half-Birthday Parties. So at 4 and 6 months of age for example, they will do the Party instead of their natural Birthday Party.

 

Honestly, I would love to share a Birthday around the greatest celebration of birth there is and don’t mind Him having the Glory of that day. But, for a child, this time is harder to arrange for and celebrate.

 

So on behalf of all those children,

Happy Birthday to all the Christmas baby’s!

…and of course to the most precious gift of birth there is to marvel in…the birth of our Saviour and Lord.

Isaiah 9:6

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” KJV

 


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Forever gifts are the handmade gifts!

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A Handmade item is not only sentimental; it is detailed, it is crafted, it is refined, it is quality, it is time worthy and most of all it is beautiful. It is a work of art! I remember one Christmas Ornament that I love to this day. It was a handmade one from my oldest sister. It was made from the shell of a walnut and wool. Inside the walnut, a little mouses body appeared with a little blanket covering him, two glued on wobbly eyes and a cute little tail curled out of it. I adored this little creation and wondering how they made such an amazing thing that could hang on a tree. I marvel at the little gift today and in my past memories. Such a joy handmade gifts can be! We have made many gifts handmade, especially for Christmas. I believe it adds a personal touch of care and without actually writing it, the words ‘I love you!’ I love to hand make a lot of things that go into my home to say those same words in the curtains I put up, to the desk they work off of, or the food they eat. We say a lot with our hands. Here are some cute Christmas Home~made Projects that you can make, with the whole Family in mind:

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Isaiah 66:2 …”Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being” declares the LORD…


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Making Traditions a family event!

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When my husband and I had our first Christmas together, we thought about Children and having a family of our own one day. Little did we know that one day would be 3 months into our marriage. So, as we sat together and thought we asked our selves some very big questions:

Now that we have left our father and mother, and cleaved to one another; how should we live our lives as one? What family traditions do we want to keep or make on our own?

Having two people come together is like two raging rivers joining into one stream. It can be trumulterous at times, learning to live as one body of water. Sometimes under-currents can kick up old debris (baggage) and other times it feels smooth and calm. Sometimes, there are big rocks that are in the way. We have to rush around them to continue on together. When it comes to raising a family together, traditions can be those tough rocks or decisions. One person may want a bar mitzvah, the other a Silent Night, and so on….

Here are some of the traditions that we have made together, as a family:

  • Driving around late at night to see all the Christmas Lights! We blare the Christmas Music ooohhh-ing and awww-ing over ever single one…even the sad looking ones 😀 Some are simply amazing , some are cute, and some are down-wright-tacky but, we love them!
  • Singing some Christmas Carols as a family while I *ahem* attempt to play the piano. It brings; Jesus, and worship, and joy, back to Christmas we feel. Even if it is clanging symbols! Overall, It is beautiful to sing together and gather around with some hot chocolate.
  • Reading the story of Christmas out of the Bible on Christmas morning. This is something we love to do! We also take the time to incorporate the story of the Christmas tree and how that relates to the cross. Then, we talk about the star on the tree and how that showed where Jesus lay. Then, we say that Jesus was our gift for Redemption & Salvation. We point to the gifts under the tree and tell them that we honour the greatest gift of all by giving each other gifts. Then we give our gifts to each other.

Here are some of the traditions we had to leave behind or change, as a family:

  • Going to Christmas dinner at everyone’s house. That sounds crazy, I know! What I mean is, we have divorced families and re-married families as grandparents. That means 5 different Christmas Dinners and everyone wants you on 2 days…or worse, one! This got very frustrating. We now host Christmas dinner and invite EVERYBODY! This is a lot easier and we can set-the-tone for keeping Christ the centre of it all.
  • We moved and one of our traditions was going out and getting a Christmas tree-a real one-hacking it down and sitting around a wood fire-pit outside. Going on a train ride and sipping hot chocolate with our wonderful neighbors. The place we live is an hour away from them and we rent now, so they said no real trees 😦
  • No Christmas baked goodies with my wonderful neighbour either 😦
  • We also stopped opening one early gift on Christmas Eve. With 5 children, you want to keep all the gifts there until the very last moment. Plus, there is more money to spend and that may be their best gift, so we try not to ruin it.

How do you celebrate Christmas?

Do you have any traditions that you have made together as a family?

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Genesis 2:24 KJV

 

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