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There's no shortage of parties during the holiday season, so it can be easy for your child's birthday celebration to get lost in the flurry of invites. That's why many parents choose to commemorate the "half-mark" of their child's birthday. "We have a small family celebration on each of my daughters' actual birthdays with just us and their grandparents, then have the big party in May," says Alana Purple, a mom from Cleveland, who has two daughters with late-December birthdays. "My daughters love the outdoors, so we want to have their parties outside -- and I can't imagine having a bunch of toddlers running around my house in the middle of winter!"
Christy Cook's son has a December 30 birthday, so they throw a party for him in June. "This way, he can receive outdoor toys and activities rather than only winter gear," says the mom from Toronto.
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