It’s perhaps something that always gets overpowered by the purest love a parent has for their child, that of how sometimes it can feel like all which you do for your loved ones isn’t appreciated to its fullest extent, but you continue to do it all in any case. You are indeed only doing your job as a parent when you love them in so many different ways each day – ways which don’t quite register as acts of love because of the fact that they form part of everyday life.
So then, when you want to make things extra special and add a bit more meaning to special occasions such as birthday celebrations, it becomes a little bit more of a challenging obligation, doesn’t it? I mean birthdays come around every single year and if you’ve accustomed your children or any other members of your family to what is now a mandatory celebratory ceremony thrown in their honour, the fact that you pretty much have to do it annually can create a situation in which you feel as if you’re just going through the motions.
I mean 12 months go by in a flash and no sooner than you’ve barely nailed it by way of catering to one birthday celebration, it’s time to perhaps step things up a bit with the arrival of the next birthday.
So how do you make a birthday celebration more meaningful?
Standard celebratory practices
Unfortunately the standard practices concerned with celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday are exactly that – standard practices, which means they are expected to a certain degree. So buying a birthday cake is just not enough, neither is singing the “Happy Birthday” song. Those are just formalities to mark the occasion.
So these should be taken care of as a matter of catering to the standard traditions which are expected.
Brining the added x-factor
It is indeed these standard practices from which to build up the celebratory atmosphere, so if you do indeed have the cake sorted and all the other traditions surrounding that, your next port of call is to introduce that x-factor which makes it special and memorable. You don’t necessarily need to break the bank.
All that’s required is an assault on all the senses, i.e. you need to engage as much of the senses as possible at the same time.
Prior to the handing over and opening up of the birthday gifts for example, if everybody has a tasty snack in their hand, they’re enjoying some good music and are perhaps dancing away as part of the birthday “follow the leader” train, pretty much all the senses are engaged at the same time.
It works like magic and that’s what makes these moments that much more meaningful.
Enlisting the help of the celebrated party
More and more people are realising just how powerful this approach can be to making sure to account for the much-needed meaning to be associated with birthday celebrations, which is enlisting the help of the celebrated party by simply asking them what they’d like for their birthday celebration or for their gift.