These days, birthdays and holidays are all about “what you got” and spending an obscene amount of money to make sure the birthday person feels loved. Somehow, we’ve evolved into a society that associates money with love: the more you spend, the more you must love them. I wholeheartedly disagree. Instead, we’ve opted for spending less money and focusing more on the quality of our things and our time together.
With that in mind, this year we are starting some fun new traditions to ensure that the birthday person feels extra important on their special day, without breaking the bank or going overboard on anything.
This year, Connor turned 3 and I decided it was probably time to start committing to some traditions that are fun, easy, and not going to cost a great deal, while still ensuring that he feels like the day is primarily about him. After discussing it some with my husband, we came up with 4 fun ways to let the birthday kid feel like this truly is their day, without falling into the consumerism trap of spending more to show love.
We also spent a good portion of the day hanging out with my mom, having lunch, watching the eclipse, then dinner with my parents and sister. It was a great day and we managed to do it all for under $50. It might sound cheap, and it definitely was, but it was also one of the best days of his little life. He was so happy all day, and he didn’t know or care that we didn’t spend a ton of money. He spent the day feeling like the most important person in the world. That’s what a birthday should be about.
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