Who knows what day she would have naturally chosen to make her grand entrance, but as it was she was born on December 22nd. Close enough to Christmas to have everyone in a holiday frame of mind and not a Birthday party frame of mind.
The pressure was on. We needed to figure out what to do for her birthday. We interviewed the (surprisingly many) people we know with a Christmas birthday. We weighed all the options and chose something that fit right with our family.
With a Birthday right in the middle of a holiday season replete with tradition, big meals, indulgent desserts and copious gifts we decided to honour her birthday in a way that celebrated her with her own set of Birthday traditions.
We steered clear of our usual Birthday traditions. I didn't throw a party, bake a cake or give her presents. Instead we bought her a foil balloon and a fancy cupcake, dressed up in our finest clothes and went out for a fancy dinner. All three of those items are things that we NEVER do, thus assuring the specialness of the event.
"But wait!" I can hear you cry. "What about balloons, friends, goody bags, gifts?" And I have to agree. Who doesn't like a good party?
For now Uliana will have a Celebration Day (or perhaps her Queen's Birthday?) on April 22nd. Look for your invitation to her 1st Celebration Day for sometime around the end of April!