My birthday is December 27. The cool thing about that is that I share a birthday with silver-screen goddess Marlene Dietrich. The uncool thing about that is basically everything else. I'm a "Christmas baby" — that unlucky tribe of sad-sacks whose birthdays fall in late December, completely overshadowed by Yuletide glitz. When it comes to the precise crappiness of our birthdays, we can only really understand each other. So if you're a parent whose child was likely conceived in early April (and whose fault is that?) let me help you understand how to handle your Christmas baby's birthday.
First, a word of hope: If this is the worst thing that's going to happen to your child, then your kid is among the most fortunate people on the planet. Like, I'm being extra right now (I'm an extra person... probably because I had to compensate for having such an easily-overlooked birthday), but having a Christmas-adjacent birthday really isn't a fate worse than death or anything. It's emotionally on par with going trick-or-treating with your friends, and they all get a king-sized Snickers and you get a fun-sized Butterfinger. Like... you still got candy, but it definitely feels like you were cheated.
The truth of the matter is, there's only so much you (or anyone) can do to mitigate these less than ideal circumstances — it is what it is. But here are just a few of the big "Do"s and "Don't"s to help you make your child's special day as special as possible.