Dear Helen Hartman,
That time of year again. No, not the holiday season - the holiday/birthday season! I never gave it much thought until my daughter was born a few days before Christmas. It’s not bad now that she’s young but once she starts going to school I know she will ask for a party like the other kids. Everyone is already rushed and cash strapped to try to cram in a party for my kid sounds like a recipe for disappointment. Love to hear your advice on how to handle birthdays this time of year.
Dear Loved One,
Helen handles birthdays this time of year the same way she handles birthdays in general
|The same way she handles EVERY day - by expecting people to treat her like the pretty, pretty princess she is!|
But a recipe for disappointment?
|Canned fruit, fire, a detached hand holding a ladle in the air. What could go wrong?|
You’ve been tasting Helen’s cooking again, haven’t you?
|Fruit Nog Pie? That's Hubby Hartman's nickname for Helen when we were dating!|
Actually Helen has a December birthday – and never had a real birthday party as a child. And Helen turned out just fine.
|Don't judge me. You'd have done the same if you knew what he said about Helen's Flaming Fruit Nog Tart Cocktail|
Some people try having half birthdays – but that sticks a kid’s party in the middle of summer when people are on vacation and you don’t have a classroom of
captive gift givers who owe you big because you came to their stupid
party and brought them a pretty comb and mirror set and a book about the
|I never even found out - Who had the button?|
Let’s face it, for kids that isn’t a whole lot better than a December birthday.
Then there is the infamous – birthday/Christmas gift combo – it’s 2, 2, 2 gifts in one package. Usually wrapped in Christmas paper.
|An actual gift as I wrapped it last Christmas. Every year I try to wrap my son's gifts like Christmas images.|
You know, a lot of the time it really is for both, because the kind who pulls this probably was going to cheap out and pull a no gifter anyway, so the way I see it you’re ahead of the game.
|A paper bag reindeer and some fruit. It's a Christmas birthday miracle!|
Hubby Hartman and Darling Daughter Hartman also have birthdays this time of year. Here’s how we’ve solved it – we plan special events so they fall on Birthdays – putting the tree up, seeing a Christmas event, so that the emphasis is on the celebration more than getting a gift.
|Because if you don't film it, Instagram it, Facebook it and YouTube it, it doesn't count.|
It’s a bummer, I know but on the good side – if you love Christmas as Helen does, people tend to give you Christmas stuff for your birthday, saving you a lot of time buying decorations.