Post # 1
I’ll fully admit that I’m probably being a little bit grumpy today. My birthday falls between Christmas and New Years and it always just seems to be smooshed between all of the holidays and gatherings. As a kid it wasn’t that fun because relatives tended to give one gift and call it a “christmas-birthday” gift. To make matters worse, my brother was born in November and my sister in December. So between all of the major holidays and my siblings birthdays, everyone just wants to be done by the time my birthday comes around. I only had a birthday party a few times as a kid, and even then most of my friends were busy and it was combined with my brother and sister’s birthday.
I know I shouldn’t care anymore… I’m a grown, married, educated woman. But it sucks that everyone is too busy to even go out to dinner. DH mentioned the two of us going out to a nice dinner, but we do that pretty regularly though.
My husband said he didn’t know what to get me because he used up all of his ideas for Christmas. And being me, I of course just said, “oh, don’t worry about it – I don’t need or want anything.” Now I really don’t think he’s going to bother getting me anything… even a card would be nice though.
Does anyone else have a birthday close to a major holiday? Any fun stories to tell?
Edit: As the poll is just meant for fun, “major holidays” can be whatever you celebrate with your family/ friends.
Post # 3
Mr. Library’s birthday is the day after Christmas and my mom’s is the week of Thanksgiving (and typically falls on Thanksgiving!). Mr. Library doesn’t really mind it because he hasn’t really lived with a huge “It’s your birthday!” type of family (until he married me!), and my mom loves it because our family members are all together to celebrate with her.
Post # 4
I can definitely see how having a holiday birthday could suck. I love making my birthday into its own special event, like another holiday all to itself, so I wouldn’t like having it rolled up into a big holiday like Christmas. I was born on Mother’s Day, though – of course my mom said I was the best Mother’s Day gift she ever received. 🙂 (Hm, though I suppose once we have kids, I’ll probably end up with my birthday and my Mother’s Day celebration all rolled into one – I’d never even thought about that before!)
Post # 5
Memorial Day here! Which rocks because we get more time off. Probably one of the funnest holiday seasons to be born in. Sorry all you Valentines and Christmas babies.
Post # 6
My birthday is in the same month as a holiday, but its not too close so i cant complain. But i have friends who are born on the same day as major holidays n they hate it. It suprises me that some couples deliberately schedule their child’s birth on a holiday.
Post # 7
mine is sometimes on easter, which isn’t a huge deal. i feel bad for all of you christmas babies!
Post # 8
Christmas baby here!!
Actually, I’ve always loved having a Christmas birthday, especially as a kid. All your family is around for both events. Plus, it helped that we always have my “birthday” Christmas evening after all the hoopla from the rest of the day dies down. I’ve always received two sets of presents too….and to those that try and combine them, well, how would you like it if your Christmas present also was your June birthday present…that usually seems to drive the point home.
Now that I’m married, it definately makes things a little more complicated because if we spend the holiday with his side, it’s also my birthday…just takes a little more negotiating and planning.
Post # 9
My birthday is ON New Year’s Eve! I generally don’t really like it…I never had a birthday party at school because we were always on vacation and now that I’m older, there’s even more pressure to have a rockin’ New Year’s Eve because it’s also my birthday. It usually ends up being a ton of hype and not very much fun. Hopefully this year will be better 🙂 It’s just funny that if I’d been born a few hours later, I would never have met DH or any of my other friends because i would have been in a different grade at school.
Post # 10
my bday’s in early January, so it’s always close to the holidays. it’s far enough away that things aren’t always lumped and I had parties when I was a kid, but I always wish it was spaced out more! my hubby used to make a big deal out of valentine’s day too, so it was just a lot financially to have some kind of celebration once a month for 3 months. I’m excited now that our anniversary is in august so we have a celebration then too 🙂
Post # 11
My birthday usually falls near Easter, but not always (Easter follows the Jewish calendar, which is based on lunar patterns, IIRC).
It often corresponded with spring break as a kid though, which I didn’t like because it meant I couldn’t bring cupcakes to school!
Post # 12
My birthday is in July so as a kid the only thing I did not like was my friends would be on family vacations and not be at my party and I could never bring in treats to class like the other kids. My brothers have the same birthday (two years apart) which sucks right now for them because my parents can not really afford to throw to seperate parties at the same time and at the age they are now, 10 and 12, they do not really want to share. Or my one brother will want to go fishing and the other wants to go bowling so my parents end up not being at one of their parties. Also as their sister I have to be really careful to get them equally priced items since they open them at the same time and always end up comparing.
Post # 13
I was born on Easter and have never had an issue with it. I’ve also known people born on Halloween, Christmas, etc and they didn’t have a problem with it either.
Post # 14
Mine is also between Christmas and New Years! UGH. As a kid, it was kind of a mixed bag…the good thing was that it always fell over vacation, so I never had to go to school and luckily, most of my friends stayed in town for the holidays so I could have birthday parties! But I do remember one teacher refusing to let me bring in cupcakes before or after vacation because it wasn’t my “real” birthday. All the other kids got to bring in cupcakes on their birthdays 🙁 And I definitely got a lot of holiday/birthday combo gifts 🙁
As an adult, it sometimes has sucked. One year, ALL of my friends were out of town the week between Christmas and New Years and no one was working at my office, so I thought I would spend the ENTIRE day of my birthday alone! Luckily, one friend came home early, so I “made” him go to dinner with me! 🙂
Oh, and here’s a real gem…the first year FI and I were dating, he told me he was going home from before Christmas through New Years. I didn’t want to tell him to change plans, but was sad he wouldn’t be around for my birthday. But I bit my tongue and hid my disappointment. But then, his own mother scolded him for leaving me alone on my birthday, so he came back early to be with me! (And now we spend Christmas (and sometimes my birthday) together with his family)
Hang in there! I sympathize for sure!!
Post # 15
I’m born in April so I guess I’m kind of close to Easter but I don’t really consider Easter to be a “major holiday”. I do feel bad for people born near Thanksgiving / X-mas / New Years though – I would hate that!
@hilsy85: Really? The cutoff for my school was always June 30th so you’d have to have been born 6 months later to be in a different grade. Guess it varies state by state?
Post # 16
my sister was born Dec 22, right before christmas! she HAAAATTTES it!! when we were kids, my mom threw her “half birthdays” and we would do the party in June. my mom went all out – cut the invites into two pices and sent them a week appart, did the cake half chocolte half some other flavor, guests came “hlaf dressed” (one year, my mom made me an outfit where she cut a tank top and a long sleved shirt in half and sewed them together down the middle, so i was half winter half summer!)
these days, we celebrate in december, but if you even dare giving her a gift thats “also partly your christmas gift” she throws a fit. or if you wrap her gift in holiday paper. its hilarious!