child's birthday, mama disrupt

Standout celebration ideas for when your child’s birthday is close to Christmas

In Features, Home + Living, Motherhood, Stories by Nicole Fuge

Make your child’s birthday a blast, even near Christmas. It’s all about creating those unforgettable birthday vibes amidst the festive cheer.

By Ava Wilde

I totally get the struggle of making your child’s birthday shine when it’s snug against Christmas. But you know what? It’s absolutely doable with a sprinkle of creativity and a dash of planning. Let’s dive into some brilliant ideas to make their day super-duper special.

The key thing to remember is it’s all about making your little one feel like the star of their own show on their birthday. You’re aiming to craft those joyful memories that stand out from the Christmas buzz. It’s like giving them their very own spotlight amidst the holiday glitz.


1. Embrace a Unique Theme

Choose a theme that’s completely unrelated to Christmas. Think superheroes, unicorns, or a favourite book character. This helps separate their birthday from the festive season.

2. Plan Special Activities

If the weather permits, plan an outdoor activity like a picnic or a trip to the zoo. It’s a great break from the usual Christmas hustle.

christmas, mama disrupt
3. Separate the Gifts

Make sure birthday presents are completely separate from Christmas gifts. Wrap them in non-Christmassy paper to differentiate.

4. Create a Birthday Tradition

Special breakfast: Start a tradition of a special birthday breakfast, something they don’t get on other days.

Time capsule: Each year, have them write a letter to their future self, or compile a small box of memories from the year, to be opened on a future birthday.

mother types, cold and flu, mama disrupt
5. Invite Friends Early

Send invites early, as December can be a busy month for everyone. This ensures their friends can make it to the celebration. If friends can’t come over, consider a virtual party. It’s a fun alternative, and kids can still play games and have a great time online.

6. Make It Personal

Custom cake: Have a cake made or bake one together in their favourite flavour, not necessarily a Christmas theme.

A day about them: Let them choose the meals for the day or pick a special family activity.

buttermilk pancakes, mama disrupt
7. Capture the Memories

Make a photo album of each birthday. It’s a wonderful way to look back and see how each year was uniquely celebrated.

8. Consider a Half-Birthday Celebration

If their birthday is too close to Christmas, consider celebrating their half-birthday in June. This ensures their special day isn’t overshadowed by the holiday season.

Sign up to our newsletter for weekly mama goodness delivered straight to your inbox, like the VIP that you are.