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My father is one of the most hard working people I know. I left home at eighteen and never really appreciated that fact before I left. I’m sure I should have sent him a card to thank him on a million different occasions. About seventeen years ago, my parents moved from Connecticut to Vermont to be closer to me and their grandchildren in Vermont. No matter what I have been through, my father has always been there for me. I have learned a lot from him – not only by watching how he lives his life but also because he is always there to answer my questions and give help when I need it.
When our basement flooded a few years ago, he was the one that brought the sump pump over and helped pump the water out. When we needed to buy a new car, he was the one that was there to help me find something safe and reliable. When the faucet I was installing kept leaking, he was the one who told me about plumber’s tape. No matter what it is, I know that I can turn to him for help and advice if I need to.
My father’s birthday is December 19th. I have always felt that he got shorted on his birthday because it falls so close to the holidays. It’s such a hectic time of year to fit in another party to attend that we decided to have him over for a pre-birthday party to make sure he had a great time that wasn’t overshadowed by Christmas preparations and events.
Holiday Birthdays and Making them Special
Here are a few tips that I try to follow to make holiday birthdays special:
- Buy a birthday card. I know this one may seem like a simple tip but I have received Christmas cards for my birthday where someone has turned it into a combination card instead of a card for just happy birthday wishes.
To get ready for my father’s pre-birthday party, I headed to Walmart to pick up a card. I always spend a long time trying to figure out what card to get. I like the funny cards because they make me smile but I always want to get a more serious card to really let my Dad know how I’m feeling. I generally end up buying two cards because I cannot make up my mind. Hallmark has such a great selection of cards that today was no different. I ended up buying a funny card and a sentimental card because I couldn’t choose just one.
I really appreciate the variety of Hallmark cards they have at Walmart. No matter what kind of birthday card I need, I can find it there and with their value cards, I can get several different cards without worrying about going over my budget.
- Don’t decorate with holiday colors or serve Christmas cookies for your party.
I try very hard to stay away from the Christmas theme when celebrating holiday birthdays. I never wrap birthday presents in Christmas gift wrap or use Christmas tags on them. I try to stay away from the red, green, and white Christmas decorating theme as well. Today I got some pretty fall carnations in red and salmon. Since my father isn’t a huge fan of sweets, I made a pumpkin cranberry coffee cake for his pre-birthday celebration.
- Consider having a pre-birthday party depending on how close to the holidays the birthday is.
I hope that these tips for celebrating holiday birthdays help you when you’re planning your next party. Did you know that you can set up a birthday card file, which will help you stay organized so you don’t forget to send birthday cards to friends and family throughout the year? Remember Connections from Hallmark are available at Walmart. Check out this digital magazine to get great ideas for the holidays.