It’s birthday season in this house! (For real, we have an actual birthday season over here: 5 birthdays over the course of 3 weeks, equaling non-stop planning, baking, decorating, wrapping, inviting, and party food eating :P) I’m not a big lover of the kid’s party. I don’t relish the chaos, the planning for it, or the mess of it all. Truthfully, I get a bit overwhelmed at the thought of it coming up, and after years and years of home parties when my littles were, well, littler, I have now become a big fan of off-site locations like Chuck-e-cheese, the bowling alley, or swimming pool. It’s still an undertaking, but at least I get to come home and crash in a peaceful environment after all my energy has been spent!
As tired out as I get from all the hullaballoo though, I’m still a BIG believer in the special-ness of birthdays, and of spending precious energy on making them special. As I see it, birthdays are not just a day to remember when someone was born, but to celebrate the fact that they were born—recognizing all the amazingness that we and the rest of the world now get to enjoy as a result of their very existence in it. It’s a celebration of THEM– that person as an individual—their uniqueness, their gifts, their way of seeing and doing things, WHO they are, and THAT they are. In that regard, birthdays are absolutely something worth making a big deal about, and for the growing little humans placed in my care, I try to make sure and do that—to gear up and celebrate them in this big way once every year. And there are a few special things we do in our family that have become birthday traditions now beyond party and presents.