|Nathan at his pirate-themed birthday party
flanked by his two grandma
Today is my son’s 5th birthday. People tend to feel sorry for Nathan having a birthday in December, thinking it must get lost amid all the hustle and bustle of Christmas. But let me tell you — nothing could be further from the truth! For Nathan, it’s nothing but non-stop presents for about two weeks.
First he had his birthday party on Sunday the 19th, where he received about 20 gifts. Next comes his real birthday — today — when my husband and I give him a little something. Then comes Christmas on Saturday — another 20 presents perhaps, when you add in everything Santa and my extended family give him. Finally comes New Years Eve, when we spend the weekend with my inlaws — and you guessed it, get more presents.
So Nathan probably doubles his entire toy collection in that two week period! It is absolutely incredible!
That’s why I learned a few years ago that I had be proactive this time of year if I wanted to keep the toys under control. I started secretly packing away a few of his toys a few weekends ago, taking care not to get rid of anything he had played with in the last month. Next year, when he turns 6, he will be old enough to help me go through his toys and donate the ones he has outgrown and stopped playing with. He is learning that if you want to receive new toys, you have to make room for them by getting rid of some of the old toys.
So does Nathan suffer having a December 21st birthday? Quite the contrary — it is two weeks of absolute magic, surprise and joy for him. And it works out fine for me, now that I have figured out how to keep the avalanche of new toys under control.