(Closed) Nieces Bday on Xmas – VENT!

posted 8 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I wanted to sympathize with the Christmas baby because I am one myself (born on the 25th.)

But your SIL is being a little ridiculous about it. If you’re all together on Christmas Eve, it makes sense to do the exchange then. Especially since…IT’S CHRISTMAS.

She can’t even take a few minutes after she’s put the baby to bed?

Post # 4
2288 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I can understand your frustration, and I think it’s warranted. I’d let it take care of itself though. I think it’s going to be this year that will be a bit different because she’s turning one year old, which many folks consider to be a big deal. Subsequent years things will die down a little. And consider your poor niece. She was born on Christmas. There will be no presents spread out over the course of the year, and she’ll likely never have a party on her actual birthday.

Post # 7
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My birthday is a week before Christmas.  Let me tell you, it f’n SUCKS.  That poor baby is in for a lifetime of half-assed birthday celebrations.  I think it’s admirable of her mom to attempt to create a time that’s solely reserved for birthday celebrations, with no Christmas mixed in.

I’m heavily biased, of course. 

Post # 8
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yeah, my birthday was yesterday, and my moms is tomorrow. So, having your birthday this close to the holiday SUCKS, and I have a couple friends whose birthday is actually on Christmas, and that blows the big one.  My nephew’s birthday is the 30th, and my SIL always has a half birthday for him in the summer to celebrate with his friends, and just a small celelbration with family for his actual birthday.  Once she gets older, this might be a good idea for them to do for her, that way the holidays can be separate, or at least make the party the weekend before or after

Post # 9
3587 posts
Sugar bee

I see both sides. She shouldn’t monopolize things, but I feel sorry for the baby. No b-day on Christmas, but I wouldn’t want one b/c you’d never feel extra special on your day.

I think it should be done after the baby goes to sleep. I don’t see the problem with that. She’ll have a party and after, the adults do their thing.

Also….what is this pollyanna thing? I’ve never heard of it. Sounds interesting.

Post # 11
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My cousin has her bday on XMAS eve and I think she makes out like a bandit. Of course, she never had a school friend birthday on her actual birthday, but she always did it right before or after the break. My Birthday is in August and I NEVER had a bday party!!!

I digress, the reason I think she makes out like a bandit, is because her parents (my aunt and uncle) were so conscious of making the 24th about her birthday, that they over compensated by buying her tons of gifts, nothing is wrapped in xmas presents, and everyone is around to celebrate it with the family.

I don’t think this is a bad thing at all, I’m just pointing out that a holiday birthday doesn’t always have to stink!

Post # 12
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I do think it’s a little ridiculous that she won’t let you have the exchange as long as it’s short and sweet, but I can totally understand why. My bday is a week after xmas, and I’ve been shafted on bdays my entire life.  I think I’ve only ever had 3 bday parties. No one remembers to give me gifts, and if they do, they’re wrapped in christmas paper (a big pet peeve of mine!).  None of my friends are ever around because they’re on their New Years trips, and it’s over winter break. It just sucks.  I would try to be understanding that she’s just attempting to give her daughter a normal birthday party, which she’ll probably hardly ever get.

Post # 13
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Boston Bee: I agree with what you’re saying (because I was born on the 25th) BUT in this case…the kid is 1. She’s not going to even know it’s her birthday. I think the SIL should just make time for the exchange after the baby goes to sleep.

And maybe she should get used it now because you’re right…she’s gonna get the SHAFT for the rest of her life. LOL! Wink

Post # 14
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think the SIL is being a pill.  bathing the baby doesn’t take HOURS and you don’t have to do it every night, your not supposed to anyway.  sounds like she’s just trying to manipulate things.

Post # 15
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@lalalalinzii:  Can you leave their gifts there for them to open whenever and the rest of you exchange gifts while she’s doing whatever?

If you’re meeting at their house then they get to call the shots but yes, I think she’s being ridiculous and rather selfish to expect everyone’s holiday to revolve around her child’s birthday. 

Post # 16
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My bday is very close to Christmas so I get the mom trying to “separate” the two events.

HOWEVER, it’s Christmas Eve…CHRISTMAS eve…and the kid will not even know.

When your niece is older, then they will make the time to celebrate separately but the mom needs to deal with the double-holiday. Sorry, but she does.

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