Do you know someone who is celebrating a “milestone birthday” this year? Congratulate and honor a special friend or family member with one of the new milestone birthday cards exclusively from The Printery House. Then ask God to bless him or her with many more happy birthdays. May the warm glow of the birthday candles remind them of the light of God’s love.
… I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord…to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Childhood birthdays are fun for everyone. Children anticipate the day that they are the center of attention all year long. You want to make that day the very best it can be…and the most memorable. Kids may remember the year they got a bike but, for the most part, the gifts are lost in the mists of memory. It’s the traditions and special trappings of birthdays which live long in a child’s bank of memories.
To help you make your child’s birthday truly memorable, we’ve put together a list of fun ideas we’ve come across. Find at least one that you can try this year.
1. The Sneak Approach While your little one is sleeping, creep into their room and fill it with balloons. A bumper crop of balloons when they awaken just screams HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hanging colorful streamers in the doorway is also lots of fun.
2. Make it Last All Day Don’t wait until dinner time to have a family party – start at breakfast. You could bring your child breakfast in bed for their birthday or take them out for a special morning meal. Make sure the family table is decorated first thing in the morning, complete with balloons, streamers, confetti, party hats and noisemakers. Birthdays are an all-day affair. Set out baby photos as part of your celebration.
3. Make Your Own Birthday Parade If you write “honk, it’s my child’s ___th birthday” on your car windows you can get perfect strangers to join in your all-day birthday celebration. This is like having your very own birthday parade wherever you go that day.
4. Answering the Phone at Birthday Party Central All day long answer phone calls with something like “This is _____’s birthday, his mother speaking”. Your child will get the message that they are a person of special honor.
5. Make a Book of Coupons Give the gift that keeps on giving – gift your child a homemade coupon book. Your coupon book could include things like:
Eat dessert first
No veggie night
Stay up 15 extra minutes
Choose the dinner menu
Chocolate milk at every meal for the day
Choose the family activity
Send a Christian birthday card – load the mailbox Kids love to get mail. Make sure you send your child a birthday card. You might hold onto cards that arrive early and then load the mailbox on that special day. It’s okay to decorate the mailbox too.
6. A Christian Birthday Card Folder When your child receives a Christian birthday card what do you do with it? Let those cards stay out where your child can see them for a week after their birthday, then put them in a special folder to be brought out year after year. The birthday card folder can join baby pictures on the birthday meal table. Seeing them year after year will impress them in your child’s memory. They will always recall that they had birthday greetings from loved ones far and near.
If it’s your child’s birthday, or the birthday of another child in your life, make sure you send a card worth saving. Send a Christian birthday card that references faith in God as the giver of all good things – including your special young person. Check out our selection of birthday cards at The Printery House.
Not so many years ago, receiving a birthday card in the mail from distant relatives was still a big deal to kids. With Skype, email and texting it’s easier than ever for family members to stay connected and that is a good thing. One casualty of instant connectivity, however, has been the pleasure of giving and receiving cards in the mail.
It isn’t only the joy of handwritten mail that is slipping away. Big dollar birthday parties have become the norm and they are changing many things from self-perception to expectations. Children’s birthday parties are now given with the same kind of attention once reserved for once-in-a-lifetime occasions such as bridal showers or first baby showers. Maybe your child has been to one or maybe you’ve hosted them yourself, but maybe you are thinking it’s time to take control of the party madness and put the focus back on a simple celebration.
If you’re tired of competing with every other parents to host the biggest birthday party, here are some ways to create a special yet simple birthday.
1. Make a Memory Day
Rather than exhausting yourself and your pocketbook with demanding party decorations and activities, put that money toward creating a birthday memory. Trim the guest list back to just a few friends and take everyone to the zoo, water park or amusement park. Girls might enjoy getting mani-pedis and boys might enjoy a pro baseball game or paintball session. Take plenty of pictures for your child and their guests.
2. Hotel Sleepover Having friends spend the night for a pajama party was once pretty standard stuff. It still can be. Move the venue from your basement to the local hotel and invite just a couple of friends. Use the pool, watch movies on the room TV and eat breakfast out.
3. Make Your Own Party
Some restaurants will allow the kids to “make their own” if you call ahead. Kids might make their own pizza or their own submarine sandwiches. Then go home and let them make their own ice cream sundaes.
4. Ask for a Christian Birthday Card With a Donation
Rather than have guests bring birthday gifts, ask them to choose a Christian birthday card and place the money they would have spent inside the card for a favorite charity. You could include information on the charity inside your birthday invitations. Have a great party and let kids learn the joy of giving to others at the same time.
You want to make birthdays special for your children, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow the crowd and host birthday extravaganzas. Keep the focus on your child and the joy of making and sharing memories. If you are looking for a place to find a Christian birthday card check out the selection at The Printery House. We offer a large variety of birthday cards to help those you love celebrate their special day.
Religious greeting cards – sent any lately? Actually the market reflects that around 6.5 billion greeting cards are purchased annually, and certainly a portion of these reflect a faith message. It’s true that many people have come to rely on a text, a Facebook post or an email to send a quick birthday greeting – but when it comes to encouragement, sympathy, or a sincere thank you, many great options are available across the Christian and Catholic retail card industry.
If you send birthday cards the most, you’re in the majority. Birthday cards still dominate the market and make up for a large portion of card sales. If you’re looking for one with a faith message, you can find more bold, creative and interesting designs than ever to celebrate the life God gave someone you know.
When it comes to holidays, Christmas reigns supreme for card sales, but Valentine’s Day holds second place (this excludes the fun cards kids buy for their school parties). Honoring mom and dad is also a top trend, with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day representing a large share of cards sent.
Ladies buy more cards than men, and, if you’re a woman, you may spend more time selecting just the right card. (But men may buy a big stack of cards!).
You might spend more on a fancier card from time to time, especially if it has sounds or music, but most cards remain quite affordable at $2 to $4 each.
Most of you who buy and send cards know that it’s important, meaningful and not something you want to set aside even when you get busy. Some reports say that about 80 percent of the card buying audience doesn’t plan to stop buying and sending cards, but instead, to buy more. Now that’s encouraging in a fast-paced electronic world, where a simple hand-written card is still special.
If you’re among those who already have card-sending as a regular life activity, encourage someone else today to send a couple of cards. They’ll be surprised at how satisfying it feels, especially if they can share their faith with a religious greeting card and make someone smile at the same time. You’ll find a great selection of hand-designed greeting cards created by the monks and artists of The Printery House, now in its 60th year of helping people share important life moments with the ones you love.