How To Celebrate Holiday Birthdays

Having a birthday that also falls on a holiday can be tricky for both the one celebrating their birthday and those who want to help them celebrate.  Every few years my birthday coincides with Mother’s Day and I know it always stresses out my husband thinking he has to “go big.”  Here are some simple ideas on how to make holiday birthdays extra special without extra stress.


  1. Find a birthday tradition that’s easy to duplicate regardless of what day it falls on.  This might mean serving dinner on special birthday plates, having breakfast in bed, anything that marks the day as a birthday celebration regardless of the holiday.
  2. Try celebrating a half-birthday.  This is especially great if you have plans to travel for the holiday and the birthday boy/girl won’t see their friends.   A summer half-birthday party will make them feel extra special.
  3. Don’t “double up” on presents! This is tempting for parents, particularly for Christmas birthdays. It’s important though for your child to realize you were thinking specifically of their birthday in addition to the normal gift-giving. Encourage Grandparents to be mindful of this as well!
  4. Ask the birthday person how to make their birthday special.  One of my son’s has a birthday really close to Thanksgiving.  We also have two other family member’s birthdays the week before so by the time his birthday gets here we are so over birthday cake. Each year we put candles in a pumpkin pie and each year I think it’s super weird but he loves having his special birthday pie.


The biggest lesson I have learned is to communicate, especially as your kids get older (this applies to husband’s too I’ve learned).  Don’t assume you know what they want or what will make their day feel extra special.  Asking in advance and letting them have a say shows you care and will save you both energy and potential disappointment.  Happy holidays and happy celebrations!

Krista Numbers

Krista is the founder of Simplify Supper. She is passionate about making family dinner a priority and strives to provide simple solutions to make it happen.

Feb 02, 2014
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