Daughter turned 2 recently and we wanted to keep the celebration simple. We have established a party rule and that is to give a 'big one' only on 1st birthday, 8th birthday, and 18th. Those numbers
have significance as each child grows. But I think it would be different for boys. They might not have to get big 18th birthday celebrations since they should be at the missionary training center that time.
For my daughter's second birthday, we invited no guests. Just the three of us. And ever since she woke up I sang to her the Happy Birthday song few times of the day. We played a lot and made sure that she would feel it was indeed a special day for her.
We bought a cake and lit a candle. She was amazed by the candle light, especially that she doesn't see it often. Candles really do have a special way of fascinating the beholders. She was.
When we started singing the Happy Birthday song before blowing the candle, she started dancing and giggling. She knew it was the best part of the day :)
I hope she will carry the special feeling of her birthday as the years go by no matter the celebration (big or small). And that happiness for her is not having the fancy of the world. Not receiving expensive gifts or getting loads of them, or getting everyone's greeting on social media, but understanding and being grateful for the gift of life that is given to her and the relationship that she has with people around her.
I hope that we are raising our children right.
I'm excited for Christmas, too. We plan on having an intimate one again. I would hold precious these kind of memories---one small family, one small home.