On Christmas Birthdays & A Lindsay Letters Giveaway

Lindsay Letters O Holy Night Print

The only preference I ever had about babies and timing was no Christmas babies, please.

I had always imagined that laboring, delivering, recovering, taking care of a newborn, and then figuring out how to properly celebrate the kid’s birthday near Christmas would be…lame.

Despite my best-laid plans, I find myself the mother of two boys, one born December 23rd and the other coming any day now.

But you know what? Birthing a baby near Christmas wasn’t nearly as awful as I’d pictured.

Even though we’d just moved across the country, knew hardly anyone, and spent Christmas day in the hospital, it was a rich time of seeing our needs provided for in every way.

Plus, apparently a Christmas baby means extra attention from nurses, a miniature tree, and a hand-knit hat for baby. And a pretty peaceful wing of the hospital.

Lindsay Letters O Holy Night print

The birthday celebration thing, however, is still something I’m navigating.

So far, it’s not been too tough. Buckaroo is only three and doesn’t yet plan his parties six months in advance like big sister.

But throughout this pregnancy I’ve bemoaned the fact that as he gets older and we’ll (probably) have two December birthdays to contend with, it will be more of a challenge to carve out special birthday time for both kids in the midst of a crazy season.

Back in September, I was sharing these thoughts with a friend and a new acquaintance.

The acquaintance, who I knew only from her fabulous work on some of my favorite book covers, mentioned that she had a Christmas birthday and that it had never been a bummer, but something she rather enjoyed.

Then she interjected some wisdom, something along the lines of:  “After all, you’re in charge of making your kid feel special.”

I didn’t take her remark in a burdensome “go find ten Pinterest projects you can craft for your kid’s birthday party so he feels special” kind of way, but more as “it’s possible to be intentional to make your kid feel special even in the midst of a crazy season.”

I don’t have to just sit back and fuss about what I imagine to be the bad timing of it all. I can remember that God’s timing of my kids’ births isn’t bad at all. And I can choose to celebrate my boys in ways that are meaningful to them.

It might take a little extra planning and strategy, but I’m pretty sure it can be done.

Lindsay Letters O Holy Night print

Right now, it’s as simple as wrapping his birthday presents in non-Christmasy paper, making a cake (or, at 36 weeks pregnant, let’s be honest—buying a cake), and planning to do his favorite things (bath-time, blocks, trains, sword fight, chase, and lunch with Daddy at work) on his birthday.

And later? I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

Until then, I’m thankful for the good reminder from a lovely lady.

So in honor of her bit of wisdom, I’m giving away one of her art prints!

It’s one of my favorites. I have it hanging in my entryway now and it brings a smile whenever I see it.

Want to win one for yourself or to give to a friend? Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below! You can complete more options to earn more entries. I’ll announce the winner next Monday, December 15th. 

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*This giveaway ends on Sunday December 14th at 11:59pm CST. One winner will be chosen using Rafflecopter and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours  to respond with their contact information; if they do not respond a new winner will be chosen. Must be at least 18 and live in the U.S./Canada to enter.
*All photos via Lindsay Letters
  • Catherine

    Silent night with candles at Christmas Eve service 🙂

  • Love that wisdom! Big K has a December birthday that each year I wrangle through the thoughts of making it special.
    Thanks for this and can’t wait to hear the baby news. I mean, I’ll wait till after the Hobbit 😉

  • Anne @ I need some inspiration

    That lady was right! I hoped and hoped my first wouldn’t be born on Christmas, worried about the same things as you, but he just got the next holiday instead. 😉 Thanks for the fun giveaway!! My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night, followed closely by O Come All Ye Faithful. My favorite Advent song (because you didn’t ask) is O Come O Come Emmanuel. 🙂

    • Have you heard Rosie Thomas’s version of O Come O Come Emmanuel? It’s one of my favs. 🙂 So is that to say you got a New Year’s baby?

      • Anne @ I need some inspiration

        No, I hadn’t! Listening now. 🙂 And yes, a New Year’s baby. :)))

  • Sally Blaser

    Oh Holy Night usually, but River may be taking over!

  • monicaflores

    My favorite Christmas song ever is the one pictured in the print above– it nearly always brings me to tears!

    Lindsay’s wisdom was right on– you are the one who gets to make your children feel special, and prevents them from feeling lost in the shuffle– you’ll do great!

  • Ana @ Lessons From Yesterday

    My favorite song is Silent Night. I thought my last baby would be a Christmas time baby–his due date was Jan 1, and I wanted to be in and out of the hospital before then for insurance reasons. I was thinking about the Christmas birthday situation, and suggested we have a friend party on his half birthday, early summer, while still having a family celebration on his actual birthday. Hubs thought this was a terrible idea, and vetoed it immediately. Then ds showed up before Thanksgiving, so it didn’t matter in the end.

    • Before Thanksgiving?! That’s pretty early, huh? Was he ok?

      And unfortunately, I hear you on the insurance stuff…before/after 1/1 will actually make a pretty big difference to us in that dept. Sigh.

      • Ana @ Lessons From Yesterday

        He’s 4 years old, and now in the 90% of height and weight percentiles, and perfectly healthy, praise the Lord! 🙂 November to January sounds scary early, but he was 6 weeks early, and weighed 5 lbs, 1 oz, so he was the ‘big boy’ of the NICU, and was only there about 10 days. Have you said if you’re having a boy or girl? I’ve missed it if you have–sending you lots of prayers for a healthy and safe delivery (and before 1/1 for less medical bills too)!

  • O Come Let Us Adore Him.

  • I love that print. I do not know why i don’t have it in my house yet. My two kids have summer birthdays. One right after the end of the school year, and one right before the beginning of the next. So they’re both hectic times, although not quite on the scale of Christmas. My girl, because she’s older, has an opinion, and her birthday is first, gets the fancy Rainbow Magic Fairies Pinterest-worthy parties. Six weeks later, my son gets the buy-everything-Planes-at-the-party-store-the-day-before parties. I wish you the best with your newest Christmas baby’s advent!

    • Ha, those daughter/son differences sound about right. Thanks for the kind words, Jo!

  • Jessica Stanford Nokes

    My oldest has a 12/20 birthday and we work hard to make sure he feels celebrated. He’s only 4 this year, so I’m sure it will be more challenging as he ages! My favorite Christmas song is either Carol of the Bells or Silent Night. Great post!

    • yeah, keep me posted as you come up with ideas to make those Xmas bdays special 🙂

  • Lisa H

    The Carol of the Bells. But I also love Winter Snow by Audrey Assad

    • I just started listening to Audrey Assad recently–will have to check that one out!

  • Kaitlin

    New favorite Christmas song I discovered this year is “He Is Born” by the BYU Vocal Point group!!! You should definitely go give it a listen 🙂

  • Helen Archer

    Oh, I love Lindsay letters! O Holy Night is definitely my favorite but O Come O Come Emmanuel has been climbing the list lately 🙂

  • Christy

    O Holy Night is and always has been my favourite. I might have about 30 versions lying around on a cd somewhere I misplaced.

  • Erin

    I’m a sucker for O Holy Night, but that feels so obvious….still, it’s true. 🙂

  • Hope Curtsinger

    O Holy Night is definitely a favorite! Although they all move me to tears. Especially at 25 weeks pregnant! Lifting you & your little ones up! What a special way that you can empathize with Mary as she was anticipating the arrival of Jesus!

    • Oh, thank you, Hope! I so appreciate the prayers. And yes, I do kinda feel the Mary thing…sans the donkey 😉

  • Call it pregnancy hormones, but I’m having a hard time listening to any Christmas carols this season without tearing up! On my Sara Groves Holiday channel on Pandora, I keep hearing Labor of Love by Jill Phillips and Andrew Peterson and Sara Groves version of Breath of Heaven… they get me every time!

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