The best and worse thing about having a birthday close to Christmas is Christmas itself. Too often, Christmas birthdays (birthdays close to Christmas or on Christmas itself) get underplayed by the overshadowing of Christmas spirit, and holiday birthday celebration hits a back burner. Here is how to make a Christmas birthday feel special to the individual without Christmas overshadowing the big day.
My brother was born 3 days before Christmas, and every year, my family does the classic no-no- we give him a large birthday gift, and then he gets less gifts at Christmas. This is clearly unfair- when a birthday rolls around near Christmas, make sure the birthday gift is not just a Christmas gift disguised as a birthday gift for the birthday recipient. Give them a gift meant for their birthday rather than just grabbing a gift from under the tree and allowing the birthday person to open it early.
Don’t wrap the birthday gift in Christmas paper. Make sure the gift is wrapped in birthday wrapping paper or a birthday bag, so it is clear to the recipient that they are receiving a gift for their birthday rather than just an early Christmas gift.
Throw an actual birthday party, rather than just waiting until Christmas to acknowledge the birthday occasion. A birthday party thrown on the actual day of birth, even if it’s Christmas day itself, is the appropriate way to celebrate one holiday from the other. If necessary, throw a party for the birthday with individual birthday gifts before you open Christmas presents, so the birthday person does not feel left out and overshadowed by the Christmas holiday.
Tell the person how lucky they are to be born on or near such an important holiday. My brother used to HATE being born so close to Christmas, because he hated how everyone was so wrapped up in Christmas to give him a proper party. In taking the time to celebrate an actual birthday amidst all the Christmas galore, complete with actual birthday gifts (instead of just an early Christmas present) will help the Christmas baby feel a lot more special on their birthday.