AS a kid, the only thing more exciting than celebrating your birthday is indulging in all the seasonal festivities come Christmas time – but that’s assuming the two occasions are far enough a part.
One mum has come under fire when she debates changing her son’s boxing day birthday because it interferes with their Christmas celebrations.
Seeking guidance from the online community, the woman took to Mumsnet to share her thoughts on changing her son’s birthday, asking if it would be acceptable to change the date since “he’s too young to decide”.
She explained that because his birthday falls on Boxing Bay, the family’s traditional festivities often meant they couldn’t celebrate his birthday properly, and she wanted to be able to do something special for her boy.
But while some parents deemed it OK, other parents were not impressed by the mum’s unreasonable remarks, claiming that she couldn’t change the date and instead suggested she change how they celebrate Christmas.
The anonymous woman explained that the date hadn’t been an issue until last year – when her son turned four – because Christmas holiday hours meant nothing was open.
The mum asked if she should change her son’s birthday[/caption]
She said: “It really was rubbish that we couldn’t do anything special on the day due to nothing being open.
“The weather was rubbish so we couldn’t even go out for a nice walk or play in the garden.”
Explaining they spend the occasion at her in-laws, which is always an awkward affair, she added: “He has no other children to play with, so on his last birthday he really misbehaved due to being bored and having had far too many presents.
Adding: “I felt sad for him as we couldn’t make it special.”
Would I be unreasonable to change [sons] birthday to a couple of days later?
Feeling guilt for being able to celebrate her other son’s birthday properly – complete with balloons, banners and separate presents – the desperate mum finally asked fellow parents if she should change the birthday to December 28th – two days after his actual birthday.
Many Mumsnet users didn’t see an issue with with her dilemma, with one user saying: “Just celebrate on a different day?? Don’t get the issue to be fair. This is all in your remit”.
While another said: “I don’t really understand the drama. You’re lucky in one way in that your [son’s] birthday is in the school holidays, so you can celebrate it any day you like really can’t you?”
But many other disagreed, with one user stating: “Yes, you would be unreasonable! His birthday is the 26th, it is what it is.
The reviews were mixed with some deeming it OK, while others didn’t agree[/caption]
Adding: “Pretending it’s on a different day will be confusing when he is older not to mention it’s simply lying to him so you don’t feel so guilty.”
While another said: “I can’t believe you are actually suggesting pretending to him that his birthday is on say, 28th December. Just do what pretty much everyone else has suggested and have a quiet day on his actual birthday if need be and then celebrate more fully on any other day of your choosing.”
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