Christmas Birthdays…

I know there are some of you out there with Christmas birthdays.
The advice given to us when our little girl was born on December 20th, 4 years ago…..was to never wrap her birthday presents in Christmas paper, or use holiday cupcake liners for her cupcakes, or to give her a gift and say it was for her birthday and Christmas.  Ick.  No fair.
So even though the holidays are busy busy…….we tried to give our Little Miss a birthday-themed day.  
Without the Christmas colors, papers, songs, bows, etc.  
Just simple birthday stuff.
And my word.  
How did my sweet baby girl, so itty-bitty and full of plump, yummy, kissable cheeks…….
…………turn into a big 4 year old, little lady? 
It’s okay, I still kiss on those yummy cheeks, though they’re not as full as they used to be.
Happy Birthday to all of you Christmas-time birthdays!
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99 Responses to “Christmas Birthdays…”
  1. 1
    Ambrosia says:

    Very sweet pictures! We have a Christmas baby, too – he'll turn 3 on the 29th. I'm really hoping to make every birthday special for him!

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    carrie says:

    I have a Dec. 20 AND and Dec. 22 baby. Aaack. Not very good planning is it? AND we have 3 Nov. bdays. It's nonstop birthdays and parties from Halloween through Christmas around here.

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    Amy says:

    Yep, My daughter will be 6 tomorrow (Dec 28th) and I agree. I have tried to make her day special and separate from Christmas. I also moved her friend birthday party to January to make it easier to gather her friends who might be out of town on her actual birthday date. It seems to work and we have a fun time. I will let her choose when she gets older if/how she wants to celebrate actual birthday.

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    Kat says:

    She's adorable!!!!

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    Sandy says:

    Oh, your daughter is so beautiful!! What great pictures. My hubby was born on Dec. 23 and his mother always made sure to make his birthday special with no Christmas-related things and he still remembers that and how special it made him feel!

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    mags897 says:

    my little girl turned 4 on the 22nd! we did a princess and the frog theme with no christmas at all! they were completely separate! Although, my new sister in law's birthday is christmas day!

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    Harmony says:

    Happy birthday to your special Christmas Baby! My husband's birthday is at the beginning of Dec., and mine is the middle of Jan. Both of us our entire lives have had those "combined" presents. Him more than me…since people seem to forget how close to Christmas my birthday is until after the new year. He's said it bothered him when he was a kid, but as he got older he figured out it got him better presents. I really haven't ever minded, since I figured out right away it would get me better presents.

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    crafterhours says:

    You're a good mama to keep your girl's day special for her. Though, as a christmas-time birthday girl myself, I have to say that it really is the BEST time of year to celebrate your birth. Everyone is already in a festive mood and there's great food and decorations everywhere! I love it! And sometimes being able to combine a birthday/christmas present is a GOOD thing. In the past, I've received a serger, kindle, keurig, and now a silhouette off that deal! (maybe she'll appreciate it more when she's older and wants those big ticket items :)

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    Dara Lynn says:

    Both my brother and I have birthdays in December, 17th and 19th! Has it happened… the combo present … yes… high five on making it her special day!

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    Amy says:

    she is adorable!! yeah, our little boy turns 2 tomorrow and NO christmas wrapping allowed has already been established. but the deals you get on presents is so awesome for holiday bdays…

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    bethanndodd says:

    Happy belated Birthday to your little princess! My hubby's b-day is on the 21st. His mom threw him a surprise pool party on his "half" birthday when he was a kid because they were always out of town on his real birthday so he didn't get to celebrate with friends. It was his favorite birthday year!

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    Tiffany says:

    I had a friend who's birthday was 12/24. He celebrated it every year in June, on his six-month birthday.

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    Faye Lewis says:

    You have THE most wonderful site. I love it and several weeks ago I saw a tutorial for making a ruffled shower curtain here – I think. I fell in love with it and want to make it, but now I cannot find the tutorial. I even looked under You made it, You love it. Can you please help me???

  14. 14
    Jacie Saltzman says:

    wow she is beautiful!!!!

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    Sonja says:

    Our son has a January 3 birthday. Even then, we have to be so careful to make sure we have separate birthday presents and birthday celebration plans. Sometimes it is difficult with family coming in and out of town but it is so worth it. He'll be 12 next week, by the way. Time does fly by.

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    Rosi says:

    I love her dress!..Did you make it? If so, can you do a tutorails? Thanks.

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    Cassandra says:

    My bday is the 27th Dec and when I was in grade and middle school my mom would let me pick when I wanted my friend party. One year it was spring, once in the summer etc. In high school I just had a new years eve/bday party w friends but that was my choice. I always got to open my bday presents (in bday paper) on my actual birthday. Now that I'm older and like more expensive things I use it to my advantage :)I thought my family handled it pretty well.

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    Diana Joy says:

    4 years sure makes a difference. She's so pretty. I too had a baby on Dec. 22nd. We always followed the rules given to you and the dining room was the only room in the house not decorated for Christmas…it was the birthday room. He loved it of course.

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    Anonymous says:

    Hmm I guess I am just diferent then most of you my birthday is on the 8th and I always liked getting bigger Birthday/Christmas gifts. and who doesn't want to make Christmas cookies on there birthday?

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    Damaris says:

    OMGSH!! She is PRECIOUS!! My sweet baby girl was due on Christmas day, but ended up wanting to stay nice and warm inside until December 29th and now she is going to be 12!! XXOO, Damaris

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    Samantha says:

    Happy birthday to your pretty girl! One of my girls has a Dec. birthday, although earlier in the month. We don't decorate for Christmas until after her birthday so she has a Christmas-free special day all her own. Our problem is actually being too close to Thanksgiving some years, so we've had her party in early-mid November sometimes and other times we've had it in December, but we've done a breakfast thing so everyone can still get to all of their Christmas parties and dance recitals and that sort of thing. It's tricky, but do-able.

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    Sara says:

    Very sweet!
    We had Dec 20th and Dec 27th babies. Another was born mid November, and my birthday is also in November. My husband's brother was born Christmas day and his sister on Dec 31st. So, December is crazy! We had a bit of a running joke at our house that our kids weren't allowed to date anyone with a birthday in December. Well my son (Dec 27) married a girl who's birthday is in December and then they had a baby girl December 18th….so I think we covered it!
    I actually forgot my daughter's 2nd birthday just due to the busyness of the season…I felt terrible but she sure didn't care.
    And yes…we're always broke this time of year!
    Good for you for still making it special. I try, but don't always succeed!

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    DangitAnge says:

    My Christmas baby turned 13 this year. :) So far, she still loves sharing a birthday with Jesus. :D

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    Jess says:

    My Christmas baby turned one on Christmas!! We made sure to wrap presents differently for Christmas and Birthdays :) I'm sure he won't care this year but definitely soon he will know the difference!
    Enjoy the holidays!

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    Natalie says:

    Well I was born at 7:24 am EST on Christmas. I have had my up and down years. It is sure hard to wait a whole year to be appreciated. But now at least I have mother's day. One thing that I have learned is that I get to have my birthday presents under the Christmas tree and that is after all, special.

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    Suzie-Q says:

    My birthday is on Christmas Day! I love being ale to share my special day with such an amazing holiday. My family always separated it for me and I think that one of the reasons I love it so much.
    It is a very special time of the year.

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    Kara Lynn says:

    My little sister's birthday is today, so I know how you feel trying to keep the two seperate! Your family is gorgeous!!

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    Jen says:

    Aw Happy Birthday! I think I would go crazy with Dec b-days and Christmas. My oldest is an Oct baby and my middle is a Feb baby and that seems close to me :).

    You have a very beautiful girl! Its amazing how fast 4 years can go, Stan turned 4 in October I can't believe it. Good for you for making it special, my cousin is a Christmas day baby and I remember my mom making sure she kept it separate for him, for her sister.It was cute.

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    Kara says:

    Happy Birthday to your sweet little girl! My daughter turns 3 on the 28th so we too have a December birthday. My mom's birthday is the 26th so she taught me all the "rules" for celebrating Christmas birthdays.

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    Melissa says:

    I was born December 26, and my dad was December 20. We usually had a joint birthday party after school was out, which I enjoyed. When I got older, it was hard to have parties because friends from school would already be out of town close to my actual birthday. We would usually try to do it before school was out for break. I really appreciate my parents trying to keep my birthday a special day!

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    Mommy of 3 says:

    Your daughter is so photogenic!!! She's absolutely beautiful! Happy Belated Bday to her! Thanks for sharing.

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    Inle says:

    I have a Christmas baby too! we celebrated his birthday before Thanksgiving this year because the last couple of years his friends have all been out of town over the holidays, plus with the way everything lined up we'd have Thanksgiving, week off, Birthday, Christmas then New Years, birthday, birthday and then it would be over! I gave myself a break this year and had his birthday in early November. He was able to have a nice party with all of his friends, get gifts and it didn't seem like an overload to me spacing it out from Christmas. On his actual birthday we just took him out to dinner at the restaurant of his choice. I loved it! He liked it and we will be doing it again next year!

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    Sam's Minions (aka parents- Angie and Brian) says:

    Nice job. My birthday is 11/30 and my mom was very adamant about that too.

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    Nicole says:

    Oh my! My little girl is 3 and I am just as shocked as you are at how big your little girl is! There is a big difference in 3 and 4, eh? Oh, and my birthday is 12/18, so I feel her pain. Birthday parties the week after Christmas or the first or second weekend in December worked out best for us. Have fun & Happy New Year!

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    Lesley says:

    I think it's very important to differentiate birthdays from Christmas… my birthday is December 11th, two weeks before Christmas. I can't tell you how many "this is your birthday/Christmas" gifts I've received over the years. It sure makes you feel a bit less special when you're supposed to feel the most special.

    My daughter was due the 30th of January in 2008, and I did my best to hold on for as long as possible just so she wouldn't have a December birthday like I did. I made it until the 10th of January. I'm probably one of only a few women who wanted their first baby to be born as late as possible :)

    Your blog is simply marvelous.

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    Melissa says:

    My daughter will be 4 in eight days. I know what you mean about turning into such a little lady. :)

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    ~Holly~ says:

    Happy 4th Birthday to your not so baby girl!

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    Aubrey says:

    My baby turned 5 on Christmas Eve. I remember telling God "I don't want to have her on Christmas Eve and miss Christmas Eve service at church." But she came out at 11:58am Dec 24th. But that year Christmas Day was a Sunday. So I insisted on being released from the hospital and I made it (with my little one) to church on Christmas Day. Funny! She really likes that her day is celebrated with wonderful songs that say her name…Joy Noel.

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    Mischelle says:

    How sweet is she!
    We have 3 beautiful children, all born in the holiday season, December, January and February….they all get slightly jumbled in there; regardless of how hard you try. So, we started a Half-birthday tradition. Each year on the exact 6month day (ie: Dec 20th would be June 20th) that child gets a mini-birthday. They get to choose each meal and have one special dessert. No gifts, just a day to focus on that child and how amazing they are!!

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    tracyp says:

    My bro in law is the 26th and we always do Christmas on the Eve with my husbands family and dont get together until the 26th and that's just to celebrate his birthday. Your girl is adorable!!

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    Sommer says:

    Adorable daughter you have! I have a november baby and i remember when we were trying to get pregnant I told my husband, if it's negetive this month were skipping next month, I don't want a December baby! lol

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    Tara Johnson says:

    Yeah I hated having my presents wrapped in Christmas paper too! But I do love to have them under the tree! Weird I know. What a little lady that little girl has become!!!

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    ☼Carolina Artesanías☼ says:

    nice kids!!
    happy new year!!
    I have a gift for you in my blog!!
    c@ from Chile

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    Mrs. Nunley says:

    My birthday is ON Christmas and I always hated it. It was definitely the WORST when I got combined presents. Even my brother (who was born 4 years and 3 weeks later) got separate presents and it was not fair.

    Also, I always wanted a pool party and never got one because my birthday was in December.

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    Anonymous says:

    I have a brand new grandbaby born that day…Magdalyn

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    Kris says:

    I am so glad to hear that you give your cute girlie a normal Birthday rather than a Christmas/Birthday. Me and my hubby have December birthdays and my parents always made sure I had a special birthday with nothing Christmasy involved. I think it is very important! I have friends who have dec birthday and their parents called them Birthmas days and celebrate Christmas and Birthdays together, AHHH! So not fair!

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    shari says:

    My Christmas Eve "baby" just turned 21! He never has been ripped off for presents from anyone in the family. All the cousins think he has the best birthday because everyone is in a good mood awaiting Christmas.

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    Annessa B. says:

    I love your tips! My son actually turned 9 this year – on Christmas day! He loves it because we celebrate Christmas with the grandparents on Christmas Eve, then Christmas Day is reserved for him. Everyone has been so careful – he gets double! He heard someone say he was a holy child and that he shares a birthday with Jesus, so he thinks that's pretty special, too. I think he's holy, but more like a typical, little boy, holy terror! All in all, we'll take those babies whenever we can get 'em!

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    Beth Eaton says:

    SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!!! They do grow up fast, I know…

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    the greenhorn knitter says:

    Such a sweet photo reel of the special day! My best friend just had a baby on December 13th. We also vowed to never splice the two special days. Each should have its own importance! Way to go!

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    Lori says:

    My oldest sons birthday is Christmas day. He turned 28 this Christmas. We always tried to make it special for him. When he was in grade school we always had it early so his friends could be with him and then a cake on Christmas. He has always felt special sharing his birthday with Jesus. I always heard to have his party in the summer. It just never worked out for us. My birthday is Valentines day and well that's another holiday birthday. My mom use to have a note hunt for my presents that was always fun. We all got our Valentine gifts together but I got the hunt for the birthday gifts. I love reading your blog and making some of the things you share. Lori

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    Karamat says:

    My little one turned 3 today… hubby and I have made a vow to not mix Christmas and birthdays for her… and to do something special, just the three of us, on her day.

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    greatjencreations says:

    From my Christmas Day baby, who just turned two, thank you. It is hard to separate everything — twice as much work for us, really. But whatever it takes to make it extra special, right?

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    Anonymous says:

    i was born on thanksgiving and my birthday lands on thanksgiving day every seven years. ugh! everyone is too busy getting ready for the holidays to be worried about birthdays.

    your daughter is precious! hope she had a fabulous day :0)

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    Nicole says:

    My daughter just turned four also! Her birthday was the 13th so I can empathize with you. Your daughter is gorgeous. Glad she had a special day!

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    Annie says:

    Bless you! I'm 29 this year on the 29th of December and my mother was a saint about always having Christmas gone from our house before my birthday, and making a big stink over it, just like she would have in July. She'll love you for it when she's older and her friends are planning "New Years/birthday party's" and other relatives are giving combined gifts!

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    Amy says:

    Bah! My little Michele's birthday is on Dec 20 too!! She turned 2. Amazing how time just goes. Happy Birthday!

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    Meg says:

    Sweet pictures- Happy Birthday to your little girl. I was supposed to be due on Christmas Eve but arrived early have always been very glad for each and every of those days between Christmas and my Birthday.

    You got good advise… those pretty much cover my biggest Birthday/Christmas combo pet peeves!

    : )

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    Anonymous says:

    My birthday is December 9th and my baby girl's birthday is the 20th too. Sometimes December birthdays are cool because of double gifts but sometimes they are not because everybody leaves town.

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    Zaira says:

    We follow the same rules; our son's birthday is the 19th. We try to have his birthday the weekend before Christmas so most people invited can make it, definitely use different wrapping paper, separate gifts (makes for a pretty messy house!), cake and a theme of course. It's not their fault they were born so close to Christmas!

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    Anonymous says:

    My twins where born on the 26th and my older daughter's b-day is Jan. 13th, with x-mas it really is to much for us/them.
    What we've been doing for the last couple of years is having a X-mas in July B-day party. We've always had cold winter parties so the crew was thrilled to have so many new activities. They're only 4 now so I don't know how long we'll be able pull this off. Plus we do have a little party on their actual b-day, like cupcakes and 1 or 2 gifts.

    and I hate when people say, "we just bought them everything for christmas, there wasn't anything left to buy" AArrggg! I've heard that so many times I now respond with "then don't buy anything at all"
    Oh, and a Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter.

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    Angie says:

    My Bday is dec 24th, my parents were always good about celebrating. Couldn't have bday parties on that day. And we were always out of state or driving in the car out of state, which sucked. but it does feel special. I lucked out on the combined gift this year and got an iPad. my step-sister's bday is Jan 1st, so as adults, we always have a combined celebration at our family Christmas get together.

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    Lyndsey says:

    What a beautiful little girl! What an exciting time of year for you all!

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    Karen says:

    My youngest daughter's birthday is December 20th and now she's had her own Christmas baby(Dec 18th). I was also given the same advise and have taken it!

    Absolutely love your blog! I will be using some of your tutorials for my reborn babies. :)

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    Tammy says:

    Very cute. :0) My brother was born on Christmas Day. We opened our Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning we'd open whatever was in our stockings, and then the rest of the day was my brother's birthday. He was never shorted gift-wise; his birthday was the only one extended family could remember.

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    msmf says:

    She and I share the same birthday!!! I always have disliked the "Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas" Plus my brother's birthday is a week before mine so we usually shared…. I think it is great that y'all try to separate it so she has a day just for her! My two girls have April birthdays just one week apart. They are 8 months and 2 and a half. I am trying to figure out how to give them each their own day as they get older.

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    Rachel says:

    Thank you for doing that for your daughter! I'm a Dec 29th baby and ALWAYS got one present for Christmas/birthday from family members. I told them it's not fair, they got a present in June and one in December, but it didn't matter. So glad you're doing that for her!!

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    Razzle Dazzle Mom says:

    Christmas babies here. My twin boys turn one tomorrow, and their brother will be 6 just six days later. (and all three were born a month early, so there's to planning! lol)We've made the vow of no Christmas wrapping paper, and no combo presents (esp for the twins who will get combo presents occasionally anyhow)either. I have two siblings with birthdays in the first week of January, and their birthdays were often "waiting until the next paycheck" for a gift or two, and that is just lame. :)

    But I do agree with others, people tend to be in a better mood and all "festivy" :)

    Your daughter is adorable! Happy belated to her!

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    Bec says:

    I have loved reading all of these comments, we had our 'Christmas' baby 6 days ago on the 23rd! I will be remembering these tips for later years :-)

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    Laurie says:

    My birthday is Dec. 29th and I always thought I made out better gift wise because my mom would buy my gifts at all the after Christmas sales. Even if occasionally some of them were wrapped in used Christmas paper.

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    KellyS says:

    My husband's birthday is Christmas day and my daughter turned four yesterday (27th). It is a challenge every year for me to make sure that each is celebrated and not lost in the holiday shuffle. Makes you realize how important it is to let people know how happy you are to have them and to find ways to make them smile all year long and not save it for one day.

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    Jennifer says:

    We stick to all those rules too. We actually had her open her gifts and blow out her candles on December 11th before we went to Sea World. On the 15th we took a Cinderella themed cupcake-cake to school. However, when I woke her up on December 24th and told her happy birthday she grinned at me and declared we were going to have cake. =( Nope! I'm not sure how to help her understand it's okay to celebrate early. She actually has half birthday parties. In November we went to a birthday party and learned the child's birthday was Dec 14th. That little girl didn't understand about parties coming early either; a month later she was asking us if we were going to her birthday party.

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    Maggie says:

    My daughter was born on December 21, also four years ago. She arrived a few weeks early at a mere 4 lbs. We spent that first Christmas in the NICU surrounded by nurses, doctors and other new parents. It was both the scariest and happiest Christmas I've ever had. I remember sitting in the NICU when "Christmas Canon" came over the intercom. The entire NICU was silent as we listened to the song and held or touched our new little ones.
    4 years later, my little girl is a happy, bubbly little girl. Like you, I vowed NEVER to associate her birthday with Christmas. Family sent us birthday presents for her wrapped in Christmas paper (ack!) and I quickly re-wrapped them in birthday paper.
    Happy birthday to your little lady and hooray for Christmas babies!!

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    rose says:

    happy birthday!!!!
    i have a granddaughter who turned two on dec. 19th. my daughter goes so far to not have a Christmas party. this year was a circus theme…..
    hope your birthday was wonderful

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    Callie Callender says:

    I just turned 30 on this past Christmas day, and the advice people have given you is sooo accurate! My immediate family and husband have been great to make sure it's my day just as much as everyone else, but not everyone gets it! Sounds like you are doing a great job so far! And thanks for the birthday wishes! Only mom's make sure those wishes aren't missed! :-)

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    The Crebs Family says:

    My baby girl, Ava, was born on the same day as your little one. I can't believe that four years has flown by already! We are still in Rexburg, so we do her party early before the semester ends, so her friends are still in town. December turns into a month of presents for her, so I guess she can't complain too much! But I agree on the absolutely no Christmas wrapping paper or bunching the presents together. So lame!

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    kp says:

    My birthday is in June and my parents combine Christmas/birthday :) Granted, the presents get more expensive at this point!

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    Hannah says:

    My new baby sister Sarah was just born the day you posted this!! This is so perfect: thank you for sharing!

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    Tara says:

    It is my daughters 1st birthday this week and we were given the same advice for celebrating her birthday! Her party is this weekend and I'm looking forward to it!! Your daughter is such a doll!

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    Anonymous says:

    My birthday is also on the 20th and my sister's was the 23rd. My parents always made sure to separate our birthdays from Christmas. When I was a teenagers I heard the following from my friends – "Sorry, I couldn't get you a birthday gift because I don't have money left after buying Christmas gifts" or "Here is your birthday/Christmas gift." As an adult, I love having a birthday at Christmas time because I love everything about Christmas.

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    Shari says:

    Your daughter is gorgeous!

    My cousin's birthday is right after Christmas and they have a tradition where they take off all the Christmas ornaments off the tree and make it a birthday tree by decorating it in streamers and birthday paper plates, hats, and such. She loves it because none of her siblings get a birthday tree.

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    About Me says:

    Our oldest was born on Christmas Eve! Although we can't escape the Christmas celebrations in the evening, we make the day time completely her birthday. Presents (without the Christmas paper like you said) and then we do an activity of her choice as a family. The last two years she has picked ice skating. And we constantly remind her how she is so lucky to have her birthday and Christmas and how she gets double the presents!

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    Ryan & Cynthia Clan says:

    My bday is also the 20th of Dec! And I have to say that the advice you were given is so true – make sure it's a separate & very special day. I hated it so much as a kid when my bday cakes were always holiday santas, snowmen, etc. and my presents were always in Christmas wrap. I was always jealous of my siblings who got real birthdays with non-holiday themes… like care bears and strawberry shortcake :)

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    Delia says:

    We share the same birthday! Happy Birthday to your little one. I have gotten many a presents that were for Christmas and birthday…not my favorite. You guys are good parents to make sure not to do that.

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    Ashley and James says:

    My birthday is December 29th and it sucks to have both Christmas and birthday at the same time! Good job celebrating your daughter's birthday separate; she'll be grateful you did! My parents always did and they were about the only ones who made an effort to separate the two and I'm so glad :)

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    Grazel & Grayson says:

    My Birthday is also in Dec and it is totally unfair to have your Birthday Present wrapped in Christmas paper and the Christmas party double as your party. I would never do that! I am hope though to have all my kids in the summer but we will see how that works out ;)

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    Brandon and Camille Smithson says:

    I have one on December 15th, and another on December 25th (that's right, ON Christmas!) I'm always looking for ideas!

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    The Earl Family says:

    My birthday is New Years Day and my mom would take all the Christmas decorations off the tree and leave the lights on and put my birthday presents under the tree. I thought I was very special to have a birthday tree!
    The flowers your daughter is wearing in her hair, did you make those clips, or purchase them? they are very cute!

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    Anonymous says:

    My 2 year old was born on Christmas Eve. For me it's good because it means I have to be done with everything Christmasy by his birthday – because his birthday is a Christmas-free zone. We cover up the Christmas tree and refuse to mention the "C" word all day, until bedtime when we put out cookies for Santa.

    Everyone always feels sorry for him. But there is some seriously screwed-up stuff going on in DH's family every Christmas, and as far as I'm concerned, he's my excuse for life for avoiding that – so believe me, this kid is never going to want for *anything*!

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    Anonymous says:

    Great advice to parents of children with December birthdays — Don't combine birthday or Christmas
    in any way, shape or form. My birthday is Dec 19th.
    In my old age I hate to have anyone make a fuss about me at such a busy time. I have many fond memories
    of my childhood — my mother NEVER mixed the two special events in my life — birthday was birthday and Christmas was Christmas. Your little Miss is adorable and lucky to have you for a mom!!

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    Brenda says:

    i have TWO boys born December 20th. I joke that I had twins, 7 years apart. It was a long tough labor! My oldest just turned 16 and the younger 9. We have ALWAYS kept Birthdays separate from Christmas. Gonna get a little tougher as the oldest keeps getting older and the "wish list" is gettint pricier!

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    Krystal says:

    Fantastic! I have a little girl born right before Christmas and another baby born soon after. It is SO important for them to have a special day of their own.
    So enjoyed reading your post.

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    Anonymous says:

    i read somewhere of a family with all november and december birthdays, so they celebrate 'half birthdays' to give some room between celebrations. i thought that was a pretty clever idea. might try it even though my girls are april and september births.

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    Ashley says:

    I just HAD to say how SWEET your kids are! From Elli to Cloe and everything in between! ;-)

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    michelle says:

    We have all November and December birthdays around here, starting with my daughter Nov. 16, then me on the 26th, my sister is Dec 7, my husband is Dec. 27 and my brother is Jan 3. It gets crazy but it is really important to separate them. My husband’s family never did, he would get a present for Christmas and get the batteries for his birthday. And my family used to give me and my sister one present, to share, for both Christmas and birthday (not my parents but aunts and uncles). It was not cool.

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    Mar says:

    My birthday is on Christmas Day, and honestly? If you raise your children to be appreciative and grateful, it really isn’t a problem!
    I have never cared if a gift was wrapped in birthday paper, Christmas paper, burlap or unwrapped! If someone bought me a gift, I thought it was great, and I appreciated it.

    The more of a production you make out of it is what makes the child turn it into an issue, or feel that it SHOULD be an issue.
    I do remember I always got my birthday gifts after dinner, and I had my birthday party with friends on the last day of school before the holidays, but honestly, I truly do not remember what my gifts were wrapped in….