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Sons Birthday on Easter!!

My son is turning 13 so he is mature enough to handle having his Birthday on Easter. At the same time this is new for us. We have never had Easter and his Birthday on the same day (We didn't even know it was possible.) and it won't happen this early again for something like 200 years. So this will be a one and only time. I do have four other kids who are excited for Easter and I would like to make it a special day for all my kids. I don't want Alex to have to give up his Birthday because it falls on a holiday and I don't want my 2,5,7 and 11 year olds to give up easter because it is my sons Birthday. Does anyone have any ideas of how I can make this a special day for everyone and one that my oldest son will remember.

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Thank you for all the great advice. I have talked to my son and I let him make the choice. I shared with him all of your great ideas. He wants to have his friend party on Saturday and have his Birthday Dinner Saturday night. We will have Easter morning as usual. With the birthday balloons on his basket. We will go to church and then Have cake and Ice Cream and let him open presents, then spend the rest of the day with Family. He is very excited and happy to celebrate his birthday early.

After reading your great responses I realized that my 2 year old will have the same problem some years, because his birthday is March 30. Also my 7 year olds Birthday is on June 19th so she will have to share Fathers day. My daughters Birthday is a week before Christmas but not on the Holiday. I love all your ideas and now I know what to do when it does happen agian. Thank you!!

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My sister in law is also having her birthday on Easter this year. Since there are also nieces and nephews to think about we decided to make it a little extra special for her by having a nice brunch so that we can celibrate her day too.

This has happened to my youngest son a lot. We always have his birthday party the day before Easter. He's so used to it, it doesn't bother him at all. In fact it works well because we usually go to Grandma's for Easter and we have the other cousin's come to the party. At this age, he probably won't remember that his birthday and Easter were on the same day. Good luck!!

My daughters birthday falls on Mothers Day sometimes. So what we do is to set certain times of the day apart from the others. Say we would have a wonderful brunch or dinner for Mothers day, then in the afternoon, have a Birthday party. It seems to work out alright and since the family is together already for one occassion no one misses out. We have done this since her second birhtday.

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My daughter’s birthday was on Easter Last Year. She was only turning 2, but the older cousins new it was Easter too. So we did an Easter egg hunt, but they found there party favors too. Everyone had a good time & we just mixed Easter with the Birthday.
My friends have a daughter on Christmas Day & other Friends have on one New Years Eve. They both do the Holiday in the morning and the Birthday in the afternoon. It works well for them, but if he wants parties with friends you will have to do it on a different day... most people already have plans for Easter (and spring break).

Why not make the morning an Easter celebration, maybe with lunch . Then turn over the afternoon to your son's birthday, including dinner and a movie?

I think you are on the right track. It is a special day for all, I pray God will give you the wisdom to know how to make it very special especially for your 13 without taking the Easter story out. God Bless N.

This has happened to my youngest son a lot. We always have his birthday party the day before Easter. He's so used to it, it doesn't bother him at all. In fact it works well because we usually go to Grandma's for Easter and we have the other cousin's come to the party. At this age, he probably won't remember that his birthday and Easter were on the same day. Good luck!!

I have a nephew born on Christmas and my daughter's birthday is on Valentines day. I know how hard it is to ballance between a holiday and a birthday. What I do is allow my child to pick when to celebrate. If she wants a slumber party, then we do it on the weekend. Your son is old enough to decide for himself. If he absolutly wants his birthday on that Sunday, then set aside a special time for Easter and a special time for his birthday. My daughter understands that she was born on a special day, and every kid's birthday is special wheither it is on a holiday or not. Ask your son what He wants to do...you may find that he wants to do something that would be better done the day before.

My son's birthday is on the 24th, he will be two and he won't know any different if I celebrated his birthday today! But it hindered my original birthday party plans because his friends and their family's will be celebrating the holiday rather than wanting to come to a birthday party, I don't have any advice, but I wanted to write to let you know I kinda understand your predicament. Good luck

We run into this similar problem with my daughter who is a June baby, every so many years her birthday falls on fathers day. On those years I usually have a party for her the Saturday before....then she has a day all to herself and my husband can still be appreciated on his special day. I don't know if this suggestion will help, but 13 is like coming of age.

My 5 yo's birthday also falls on Easter this year and I have asked what she wants to do. She wants a friend birthday party and a seperate family party so we are doing her friend birthday party a week earlier and then having a huge family easter celebration at our house for her birthday. Being that your son is 13 just ask what he would like to do and I'm sure it will work out for the best. Good luck and happy Easter/birthday!

Hello! I'm from Colorado. I have a childhood friend whose birthday is always around the Easter holiday. At one of her birthday parties(around her 13th); her mom blew out eggs and filled them with confetti. We had to find the eggs Easter Egg Hunt style then play tag by smashing the confetti eggs on each others head. It was a blast!

All of my children were born on holidays (it's strange, I know). We have Valentine's Day, Halloween, 2 on Thanksgiving, and April Fool's Day. The bigger holidays are harder, but the most important thing for us is that our kids feel loved and appreciated. It's a really neat thing to share your special day with friends and family and traditions. What an opportunity to incorporate a meaningful holiday with a meaningful birthday! Recognizing the importance of both events will make the day even more special for all of your kids.

Celebrate his birthday a day early, The day itself probably won't matter that much to him (ask him though) and then have easter on easter for the other kids. Just ask your son what he wants. He is 13 and i'm sure he has an opinion of his own.

What about celebrating his birthday on Saturday?? You can make it an extra special day before his birthday - there are some great ideas on www.birthdaypartyideas.com too!

All you have to do is have both, but together. do the Easter thing and follow up with a birthday thing. All that much more fun for them all and just make sure they are seperate and defined as to what you are doing. At that age as long as you make it known to them that you are thinking of them they take it to heart and love it all.

I just heard about this is the earliest Easter we will have in many years! I would say see if he minds celebrating the Saturday before? Make it about his choice. If he wants to celebrate on that Sunday, then split the day up. You can have a egg hunt, good breakfast, church (whatever you do on Easter) in the morning, then the afternoon it is about your Son. Good luck, I am sure a 13 year old will understand, maybe even see if he wants to have some friends over on that Saturday and have it be about what they want to do too!

My birthday is April 8th and has fallen on Easter several times, when I was a kid and last year when I turned 38! I love having it close to Easter and especially when it is on the same day. It just made the day of celebration last longer and be even more fun. When I was a kid it was a lot of fun for me as well as my brother and sister. Have fun!

Maybe you could split the day: 1st half for easter, 2nd half for the birthday

My daughter turned 5 last year on Easter. She thought it was soo cool. She is still talking about it to this day. Actually last night my other daughter was feeling sad because her birthday would never be on Easter (even though it has fallen on Martin Luther King)! We really didn't do much to make her birthday different. The biggest difference was all of my family came in town for Easter, so we had cousins and Grandparents there. So first thing in the morning the Easter bunny came. We played with our new things and then we had everyone surround Makenna while she opened her presents and made that a big deal. When she was through we had the Easter egg hunt outside and then I am sure later we did the cake. We just mixed it all together, but it was a lot of fun! He is older so he may expect more than that, but she just thought it was cool. Don't stress, I know it will work out. I think where the problem sometimes comes in, is the parent tells the child they should feel jipped, even though they haven't thought that way. So just be careful to not place ideas in his head and I bet he won't even care. I have had to share my birthday with Father's day often. This year will be my second time since I have been married. It's hard because I tease, who gets breakfast in bed? But somehow it just works out. I have learned to not have way high expectations, and then I enjoy it more!

You could try seeing if you could celibrate his b-day on saturday, and than still do easter on sunday, or you could do his b-day in the morning on easter and do easter in the afternoon, or vise versa.

Have Easter celebration in the morning and birthday celebration that afternoon or evening (birthdays are still
important to 'cool' teenagers)
'Eggstra' special idea: open small end of egg when making eggs or baking. Rinse the egg out and save in a spare egg carton, get or make confetti and stuff the eggs, seal the open end with white tissue paper and a glue stick. They'll never know what hit them. My 5 kids still do this at any family gathering.

Our oldest daughter was born on April 6, and my own birthday is March 31, so we have faced the same thing, as well as General Conference on those dates during some years. We just designated another day to celebrate the birthdays, and I don't think she (or I) have been too traumatized by that decision! Have fun....sjp

Lots of great advice. Just one more piece, My sisters birthday is 3 days after christmas and my mom would tie balloons to the christmas tree and it became a birthday tree. So stretch it a little and have his easter eggs be special birthday eggs as a surprise! tie balloons or paint balloons to his eggs and basket. The Easter Bunny is very smart and I'm sure will have a great creative way of celebrating his birthday along with Easter. Have the younger kids do something special for him also. That will help him be excited that the WHOLE family is thinking about him. Good luck and have FUN!! --H. W.--

Simple to solve...Celebrate his birthday party the weekend before. D&B's is a fun place to eat, and has an arcade and a movie theater...

Do Easter in the morning and his birthday in the afternoon. Don't try to tie the two together. If he were a girl you could do some cute things that way but he's a teenage boy for goodness sake! Everything will be just fine.

My birthday has fallen on Easter a couple of times. I think if you keep with the traditions that you normally do on Easter (like hunting for eggs, etc.)this will help make it exciting for all the kids. You can also maybe give the birthday boy a little something extra special too just to let him know that you haven't forgotten his birthday too. It gets a little tricky to do an actual birthday party on Easter because most of his friends won't be able to go, but you could do one the Saturday before or something. For Easter dinner, maybe you can let him pick his favorite meal for his "birthday dinner."

My sons birthday is on Halloween (every year!) I suggest maybe celebrating his birthday the night and make it special with friends and family. Then celebrate Easter as you normally would. Or, I would celbrate Easter from morning til afternoon then that evening have a big party for him. Good luck... It's a hard one!

I suggest you do your Easter-egg hunting on Saturday and then celebrate the real meaning of Easter along with your son's birthday. Good luck. Your kids will like hunting for eggs anytime.

It's leap year, why don't you call it a leap birthday? Pretend the 29th was the first, so that his birthday will land a day early. You don't have to hold the party on easter. In our family, we never have birthday parties on Sunday anyway, and most people move parties to a weekend day as well. So it will not be a hard stretch to change the family celebration either.

He is old enough to understand that the date isn't what matters, but the celebration that he came into the world and was born is the important thing, even if you move the family celebration. He'll know you all still love him and that he is special.

My daughters birthday falls on Mothers Day sometimes. So what we do is to set certain times of the day apart from the others. Say we would have a wonderful brunch or dinner for Mothers day, then in the afternoon, have a Birthday party. It seems to work out alright and since the family is together already for one occassion no one misses out. We have done this since her second birhtday.

I was born on Easter (It was the Easter Bunny, not the stork that delivered me to the doorstep!). My birthday is on Easter every 11 years. I loved my 11th birthday! My mom made a beautiful cake shaped and decorated like an Easter egg. We did all the usual Easter day celebrations, but still had cake and birthday gifts for me that evening. It would probably be a good idea to have a birthday party with kids either before or after Easter, since the guests will be occupied with family celebrations for Easter day.
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Personally, I would make a big deal about how this Birthdayis a special time because it is being celebrated on a holiday and how that will never happen again. He is making family history that can never be repeated in your family again and just how special it makes this birthday. Then I would do all of your family Easter traditions for half of the day and make a big deal when the celebration changes from Easter to Birthday. Perhaps you could make an Easter breakfast and let your son choose what the entire family will eat for a Birthday dinner with Birthday cake for desert.
J.

A little about me, I am the mother of 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren. I am honored to be invited to join the mamasource community by invitation from my Daughter, Daughter in law and my best friends two daughters that call me their second mom.

My sister in law is also having her birthday on Easter this year. Since there are also nieces and nephews to think about we decided to make it a little extra special for her by having a nice brunch so that we can celibrate her day too.

It's funny. I was thinking the exact same thing as the previous poster when I clicked to read your responses. I was going to say to do Easter in the Morning, and his birthday celebration at night. That way the other kids still get the Easter celebration, but the afternoon or evening is designated for "birthday." Hope it helps.

Because he's 13, he probably will want to have a party on Friday or Saturday anyway. Throw a big bash on Saturday, Easter egg hunt on Sunday (maybe some brownies and ice cream with a candle in it Sunday night to make him feel special!) Good luck!

Some people are very fixated on celebrating exactly on the date. Others don't seem to mind if the celebration is done on a different day. If you are the first type, you can try doing Easter in the morning and the birthday celebration in the afternoon or evening. If you don't mind what date you actually celebrate then it should be easy to find a party date and maybe just do a special cake or treat on Easter. My son's birthay falls on Thanksgiving so we typically have a party another day. We know people have family obligations on the actual date. The we have some special cupcakes or treat on Thanksgiving and sing to him that night.

Hi L.,

I just want to ask a rhetorical question, is this situation "an all or nothing" proposition? I am not sure how one event takes away from the other. This is an opportunity to make a great memory for your son, and your little ones. Get the little ones involved too, siblings love doing things that make each other feel special. What a wonderful opportunity you have to teach your children about love and consideration.

Easter in the morning, birthday in the late afternoon or evening! You could ask your son how he would like to celebrate...

I have had this happen to me before to. Maybe try to let all of your kids hunt for Easter eggs then let him open his presents from your family members. It was easier though because she turned 7 last year. Good luck! And happy birthday to your son!☺

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