January is quite a busy month for birthdays in our household and families. Little Bird's is coming up quite soon, I have a nephew in Australia with a birthday soon after and a friend in Yorkshire whose son's birthday is coming up too, plus my sister's birthday at the end of the month although we grown ups only exchange cards these days. So, as soon as Christmas is over, or even before, I am thinking about what presents/cards I can find for them, which isn't always easy when they have received most of what they want for Christmas. Then I find myself posting off gifts here and there so that they get them on time. Fortunately, the January sales can be quite useful in this respect, as I can often get more for my money so that they get better gifts.
With respect to Little Bird, I have usually bought most of her presents before Christmas, but may add one or two small extras from January sale shopping, if I see anything she particularly likes. This year I don't have a lot to do for her birthday, save wrap. She doesn't want a party for once. She wants us to go out as a family together, which is rather nice and much less stress.
I must admit that as I never had a birthday party as a child (ahhh!), I never actually wanted one, might I add, I do find birthday parties quite a source of anxiety, worrying that everyone turns up, enjoys themselves and has a good time. Not to mention the preparation involved and the cost of it all. This year I'm getting a rest, which is much appreciated. There will still be cake, presents and possibly a meal out, but just for the three of us. Bliss!