We celebrate every holiday but honestly birthdays seem to be huge here. What kind of birthday traditions does your family have?
I love celebrating my kids’ birthdays and they love it. We celebrate almost the whole month for each of them. My daughter’s birthday is in January and my son’s in May. My husband and I both have birthdays in April so we split the month. But it’s the kids we really go over the top for. In case you’re thinking of starting some birthday traditions here are some ideas to use or get inspiration from.
The biggest thing we do for their birthdays is the night before their birthday I blow a bunch of balloons up and trap them between the door with crepe paper taped to the door frame. When they open their door it all falls on them and they must break through the crepe paper. It is something they love. You just can’t be in a bad mood when you wake up to that.
Little warning though we did this to our daughter’s door when she turned two and she didn’t like it at all. She thought she was trapped and broke into tears. So, I would say you may want to reserve this for three and older because she loved it on her third birthday.
I mentioned above that we celebrate pretty much the whole month of their birthdays. This means that any short trips or big trips that we choose to go on they usually get to pick. They get to pick any restaurants we eat at and we usually ask the wait staff to sing happy birthday. We don’t take desserts just the song because they love being sung happy birthday.
Up until this year we haven’t thrown a party for my son or daughter because they’ve always chosen to go on short trips for their birthdays. But this year my son chose to have a party. With the trips, they always get to choose the place and what we do while we are there. We have annual passes to Disneyland so honestly in most cases they choose to go there. They get to decide where they want to eat and what rides they want to go on. Our daughter chose once to go to Tahoe, we’re lucky enough to only live two hours from there, and she chose what to do while we were there as well. You don’t have to make it something as big as my example because honestly if we didn’t live so close to those places we wouldn’t be doing things like that either. It can be something as simple as a family camping trip and they choose the place and what you guys eat while camping. My kiddos love this because it makes them feel really special.
On their actual birthday, I make a special breakfast. It doesn’t need to be anything over the top it could be as simple as some pancakes or cinnamon rolls with sprinkles added to them. In fact, this is usually what I make. I love the idea of adding a candle to a stack of pancakes or onto a cinnamon roll at breakfast to keep the celebration going. I haven’t tried this yet but I am for O’s birthday this year.
Do a birthday interview with the birthday kid. We haven’t done this one either but I am so excited to start. This one might end up being at the top of my favorites because these will be so wonderful to look back on through the years. Just grab a camera and have each person in the family make a list of questions they want to ask the special birthday kiddo. If you have a larger family and don’t want this to be a super long video you may want to think about a question cap per member. And if you are having trouble coming up with questions a quick google or pinterest search for birthday interview will turn up lots of ideas!
The night before their birthday you can go over the day/night that they were born. Talk about any details you can remember, probably leave out the icky details. Things like what you ate, who was there, what you thought about, what you were most excited about. Just a little story that you can tell them and make them feel special. My kids love hearing about when they were born maybe yours will too.
Another one that we are starting this year with our son is 6 acts of kindness. Well the idea is that for every year they add another act of kindness. So, O is turning 6 this year hence 6 acts of kindness and next year it will be 7. We don’t plan to do them all at once but spread throughout the month. As much as I want the month of their birthday to be about them I also want them to remember that they need to be kind and helpful as well. I don’t expect my 6-year-old to give all his toys away or anything huge like that. But holding the door for someone or giving some of his extra money for the bake sale to a kid that doesn’t have any. Little things like that can go a long way for someone.
I know it wasn’t a super long list but I hope you enjoyed it. Even more I hope you found a few new ideas to implement into your birthday traditions. Or at least some ideas.
Do you have any birthday traditions that your family like to do? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
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