I can’t believe it’s been a year already, but Little Man’s birthday is in two days. Tomorrow commences our now-annual birthday party marathon. One of his oldest and best friends (and they fight like siblings – or at least they used to) has a birthday the same day and so both Little Man’s and WB’s birthday parties are on the same day. It’s become a common thing for me to call WB’s mom and plan who’s party will be when. Last year, Little Man had the early afternoon time-slot of 11:00. This year, WB’s party is at 11:00. Luckily, neither of us have managed to schedule conflicting times.
I enjoy planning the birthday parties for the most part. The kids are old enough that they can choose the cake they want and I help guide them on where to have the party. We’re still on a budget, so we can’t always have the party at the coolest places. This morning Monkey helped pick out the things to go in the goody bags, which brings me to the point of this post.
When did this “goody bag” tradition start? I have yet to meet a mom that thinks it’s a good idea, so I have to wonder when it started and why we perpetuate this tradition? Did it start because the birthday child was the only one getting gifts and the other kids pitched fits because it just wasn’t fair? Is it a replacement to saying “thank you” or sending thank you notes? Did it start with one mom just wanting to share the love and sending home presents for the other children that came to the party? Is it some other mother’s sick idea of keeping the kids hopped up on sugar long after the party is over?
No matter what the origin is, I really wish it would stop. Usually the goody bags contain those cheapie little toys and candy and I think I can speak for most moms – we get enough cheapie toys from McDonalds and gumball machines. And right now, we still have Halloween candy left over!!
But I followed along with the goody bag tradition because this year, I didn’t have enough time to get creative. Well, I say that but only because I’ve been so wrapped up in Christmas that creative planning for Little Man’s birthday didn’t really happen.
I just got a great idea for next year! For the amount of money I spent on goody bags and the junk stuff to go inside them, I could have bought a bundle of books from Scholastic Books and hand those out in place of goody bags. Hmmm….. maybe it’s not too late…..
I think I need to go to the store….