When you are a southerner there are certain things that you can count on. Down south it’s always “ya’ll” not “you guys.” If someone is sympathetic to your plight they may “bless your heart.” The words, “fight, right, and night, and any other words that rhyme with those,” are to be pronounced with a strong, long I sound. Another certainty is that on New Year’s Day you can bet that greens, black eyed peas, cornbread, ham hocks or hog jowl, and sweet tea will be on many menus. Tradition states that the cook place a silver dime in the greens (hopefully it was washed and clean), and whoever got it in their portion was assured future wealth.
Keeping Birthdays Special: Planning Kid Parties Around the Holidays
During the holiday season we’re all busy with shopping, decorating, wrapping, and baking. But what if you have a child with a birthday this time of year? Our daughter was born at the beginning of December and our son at the end of January. On top of that, we have family in different states who enjoy getting together to celebrate both the holidays and our children’s birthdays.
While at first it may seem challenging to plan a birthday party around the holidays, we’ve found it to be lots of fun. It’s a great time to slow down and focus on the kids and to make sure that they feel loved and not lost in the bustle of the season.
Here are a few of our favorite holiday birthday party tips that are sure to make your child feel special:
Celebrating Eight Nights of Hanukkah
Being an interfaith family, every year friend ask me how crazy it gets when we gift every night of Hanukkah and have Santa come at Christmas. I’ve learned to laugh as I explain that rather than celebrating the eight nights of gifting, we recognize Hanukkah as a time to focus on family by hosting family nights.
As we lit the first night’s candles, we unveiled our Hanukkah calendar. Similar to a wall Advent calendar, ours had eight pockets and each was filled with a secret message. Every morning, the children pulled out the message for the day to learn what theme we would use to celebrate that night.
While we celebrated these for Hanukkah, they could also certainly be used during other times of the year or for other holidays to make them extra special!