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We have one morning ritual--Birthday Breakfasts. I started it a few years ago so we could celebrate everyone's birthdays in the same way regardless of whether their birthday fell on a school day or in the summer. Birthday Breakfast means that the night before someone's birthday (not mine, of course) I set the table with either nice dishes or Barbie or Toy Story or whatever-the-birthday-person-is-into paper plates. Sometimes I hang crepe paper all twisty-like on on the ceiling. I make orange juice and set out the birthday person's favorite cereal or some over the top crazy-fun cereal like Barbie Flakes or Toy Story Flakes. Or sometimes I make waffles with yeast that sit over night (Mark Bittman's recipe) or--and this is in cases of unpreparedness--pancakes. Which is still a great deal for everyone involved, so we all win.
Presents are wrapped and set out and opened in the morning before school or church or whatever else we have that day. It works really well. Because sometimes when you plan on dinner things come up and then you don't go until the weekend and little kids don't like it if nothing happens on their actual birthday. Oh! I should explain that my kids don't really like birthday parties. I didn't/don't either. Every year they can choose a friend party or something with the family. They almost always choose a family thing so we'll go bowling or go to a movie or whatever they want. But the Birthday Breakfast is consistent and that's when we open presents. If your kids are normal and want birthday parties you probably don't need a Birthday Breakfast on top of everything else you are planning for their party. But it works for us and now everyone expects it and looks forward to it. It is relatively easy so I love it. It's a beautiful life, cereal.
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