Let’s start by saying that I was born 5 days before Christmas. Sorry to my mother who spent Christmas in the hospital due to a cesarean and an infection after surgery, but I think it’s safe to say that I was still a great Christmas gift!
I understand that since I’m in my 30’s now, birthday celebrations may seem pretty irrelevant, but that hasn’t always been the case. As a kid, I remember waiting for people to show up for my birthday parties excitedly, only to receive a turnout of none to one or two guests. It was a bummer, to say the least. At least I had a lot of siblings with birthday hats on and whistle blowers to celebrate with. Thanks guys! I know you had no choice because we lived together, but we still had fun.
Even though I’m now in my 30’s, there are still times where I think about arranging an outing with friends and family to celebrate, but decide against it because it ends up being too complicated. Many people still have to work the days before Christmas Eve and those that don’t and live out-of-town are already planning on making the trip out for Christmas and do not want to have to come early and stay for nearly a week for that.
Anyways, I have compiled a list of the Top Ten Reasons having a birthday during this Holiday season stinks. Here we go:
- You can’t compete with the birth of Jesus Christ
- If you live in the Midwest, there are usually winter storms that prevent people from going out for such a celebration
- People are broke from Christmas shopping
- You get gifts that serve as both your birthday gift and Christmas gift, all-in-one
- You get Christmas cards in the mail that say Merry Christmas, and Happy Birthday too
- No one shows up to your parties (because of being broke, planning on Christmas travel, or there is bad weather)
- If you do get a birthday cake, it has a Christmas Theme
- People sometimes forget about your birthday because of the focus on Christmas
- Winter in the Midwest brings frigid temps and illness, so you often times end up sick on your birthday
- When you do plan a birthday outing, you feel like it’s a burden or nuisance for others
Well, there you have it. These are the Top 10 reasons I feel that having a birthday around the Holiday season stinks. Although birthdays can become something of little relevance as one ages, it should still be a cause for some type of celebration; Even if it’s something small, like having breakfast made for you that morning.
After all, at any age the mere fact that you were born and have made it through another year of life is a great reason to celebrate for anyone! Happy Birthday to all those who are December or January babies! I hope those closest to you make an effort to make it special in some way, whether you’re turning 7, 30, 60, or 93 this year. Money does not have to regulate every celebration. Remember that the smallest things can account for a lot too!