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As many families gather in the coming days to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the end of the year can be a fun time to have a birthday party for nobody else in particular.

That’s the idea behind the “Christmas Un-Birthday Party,” explained Carol Wolf of Williamsville.

“It really is an easy, inexpensive fun thing,” said Wolf, mother to two sons and grandmother to four who are in their teens and 20s. The family has held several such parties and hasn’t done so in a couple of years, she said, but the subject always brings smiles when they talk about Christmas times past.

“Adults and children participate,” Wolf said. “That is the fun part when kids see adults have fun with them and be silly.”

Here’s how it works.

Decorations: Party hats. Use Santa hats, crowns, tiaras, New Year’s hats and more. Put one on each seat at the un-birthday table for both adults and children and push in the chairs, so all will be surprised with their hat. “We’ve even had a lobster hat,” Wolf said. “Every time we do it, we find sillier and sillier hats and hope the men get the tiaras.”

Cards: “Have the children create a card for each person using crayons, stickers, construction paper or old cards,” Wolf said. “Each person then has their own personalized birthday card; it also doubles for place cards.”

Gifts: Go to a Dollar Store and pick out a gift for each child. It’s also fun to grab a Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas balloon.

Cake: Bake or buy one. Of course it must say “Happy Un-Birthday,” with a candle for each person.

Sing: A “Happy Un-Birthday” song. We’ll leave the words up to you. If all are inclined, you also can sing Happy Birthday to Jesus.

– Scott Scanlon