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Pre or Post Christmas Birthday?

If your birthday happens to fall in either December or January you probably know what I’m asking. Is having your birthday better in December — before Christmas — or right after in January?

I know some people whose birthdays are so close to Christmas that their birthdays are slightly overlooked, lumped in with the Christmas celebration or perhaps postponed to a later date.  After all, December is a very busy month with decorating, shopping, wrapping, and parties.

But what about January? My birthday is three weeks after Christmas and for the most part, I think it’s better than having it in December because the holiday season is officially over, decorations are down, and an event to celebrate is welcomed. However it’s also a time when people have recently bought you a gift, may be sick of shopping or cutting back their spending so they can pay their December bills (then again January is a big month for sales.) It’s also a time of year when many, including myself, decide to make a New Year’s resolution to cut out sweets and eat healthier, but then my birthday rolls around and I have to indulge.

I guess you could answer another birthday is a gift in and of itself no matter when it occurs, but I thought it would be fun to ask any of you who celebrate a birthday in December or January what your thoughts were about having a birthday so close to Christmas and the New Year. Did you ever feel slighted or wished your birthday fell a different time? Do any of your children have a birthday this time of year? How do you make it special? Share your thoughts here and if you happen to have a birthday this or next month — Happy Birthday!!

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99 comments

1 Mari { 12.03.19 at 12:24 pm }

My birthday is December 12th and I never got a big party nor as many gifts as my sister did. I always felt less important as a kid. They were too worried about getting everyone else another gift than the one they got for their birthday to get me a birthday gift. Also I always get Christmas cards. Very rarely do I get birthday cards.

2 Janet { 12.31.18 at 12:16 am }

My birthday is Dec 30th. Smack between Christmas and new year eve. Usually people remember after the first of the year. Really and told why do I need anything for your birthday you got a Christmas gift

3 Betty { 12.23.16 at 5:28 pm }

My son’s birthday is 12/19. I saw a magazine article when he was bout 5yo that talked about using a small (2-3 ft) artificial tree to set up & decorate with bows & ribbons as a “Birthday Tree.” The child’s presents go under the Birthday tree, which we always put right on the table where the food & such was served. No focus whatsoever was put on Christmas. He loved it! Even when he got to be around 14yo & I thought he wouldn’t want it out, he asked “where’s my b’day tree?” 🙂

4 Michele { 12.22.16 at 11:48 pm }

Jan 1. First baby in county. Mom would always tell me I had too many presents at Christmas so she saved some for my birthday. Never had traditional birthday paper wrappings- always Christmas paper. The year I turned 13 my cake said Happy Birthday Pete! No one checked the cake before bringing it home and the bakery of course was closed!!

5 Amy Higgins { 12.22.16 at 9:57 pm }

My birthday is 12/18 and my husband is on 12/28. It is terrible to have a birthday this time of year. I usually get flowers from the husband but rarely a present, unless I want to take one of mine from under the tree. We go out to eat once to celebrate both birthdays since my husband hates the crowded restaurants. My children in their late 20’s early 30’s have never given either of us a birthday present. We do get a Christmas gift from them and they get many from us. We thought of celebrating in June but our anniversary is then ( we don’t get each other a gift, nor from the kids for that) My friends have taken me out to lunch and given me presents so that is good. I even tried to plan my kids birthdays not to be in Dec ( one is in July the other the beginning of Nov).

6 Lisa { 12.22.16 at 9:38 pm }

Me – Dec 8th, my daughter – Dec 26th, my niece – Dec 20th. I always celebrated my daughter’s bday separate from xmas. One year when she was about 5 or 6, she got xmas presents on the 25th & a birthday gift on the 26th, as usual. She woke up on the 27th & wanted to know where her gift for that day was lol

7 sue brincefield { 12.22.16 at 3:44 pm }

Thank you soooooo very much for sharing and posting …having my birthday on Jan.11th and always being slighted and ignored , I really appreciate knowing now that I was not the only child who was overlooked and pushed aside . for their birthday while all my other family members had marvelous birthday celebrations . Thank you , thank you, thank you .
LOl, I will no longer wallow in my self pity on my special day ….maybe I’ll just start a new tradition and treat myself to something a little special.

8 Angela { 12.22.16 at 3:22 pm }

Christmas baby. I always felt slighted growing up. Now I am just thankful that I have a family that cares. To be honest, I feel pretty special that I share my birthday with Jesus!!!

9 Judy Fritz { 12.22.16 at 3:09 pm }

My birthday is December 7th. I always got one of my Christmas presents for my birthday.Never had a party let alone a cake. Never looked forward to that day because it was so disappointing.

10 emma { 12.01.16 at 6:17 pm }

My brother’s birthday is on Dec. 13, so my family and I make sure to give him a birthday gifts and cards, we make sure to separate Christmas and his birthday out, birthday gifts wrapped in birthday wrapping paper and birthday cards. He never been cheated out of a birthday because he was born in Dec.

11 Gena Chavez { 12.09.15 at 1:30 am }

I am a Christmas baby. I absolutely love my birthday because I have a very large family and we always have a large Christmas party with 50 or more family members. I am very fortunate to have my family there when they sing me Happy Birthday and my sister always makes my cake. Family members know to wrap my birthday gifts in birthday wrapping paper and of course I always get more gifts than everyone else. I shared my birthdays with my aunt and it was always fun to be the center of attention for at least 1 hour before returning to the Christmas party. Three years ago my aunt passed away and the very first Christmas / Birthday party was hard to get through, I was very thankful my family was right there with me. However, my sister’s birthday is a week after mine and she doesn’t get the attention or gifts as I do so I always try to make her birthday just as special as mine.

12 Jennifer { 12.08.15 at 6:43 pm }

January 1st – New Years Day. My parents always remembered and had birthday parties. Got cheesed by relatives with 1 present for both my birthday and Christmas from some relatives. My parents always gave separate birthday and Christmas gifts to their kids and I was very aware of it. A few times they would call after they were already late to my birthday party and say someone was sick.

13 sara { 12.08.15 at 10:17 am }

my son’s birthday is Dec 28th, although it is busy to plan a birthday on top of Christmas activities, I guess it is better than a January birthday, because people do buy him gifts while shopping for Christmas gifts…I feel that for January birthdays, people do forget because we just had Christmas & then everyone has to remember to get a gift, because my brother is a January bday and it always snuck up on us after Christmas…. .. I do make sure to include gifts my son wants for his birthday into his Christmas wish list- he has a Christmas/Birthday wish list. I guess its not that bad- I just buy Christmas & birthday gifts at the same time. When he was younger- we just had family over with Christmas décor still up, but as he got older – I didn’t want Christmas décor up in the background, and it was hard to have his friends over- running around with the decorations & tree up. So now we plan a birthday outing for him and his friends every year. Skating, Bowling, Indoor Bounce, Indoor Water park, then I don’t have to worry about putting away all the Christmas gifts and cleaning up the house after Christmas, we can go outside the house and enjoy his birthday. Although we still have the family over to have pizza or dinner food, not Christmas food, so they rather seem to enjoy that- non holiday food.

14 SUSAN { 12.08.15 at 9:14 am }

January 7th birthday. Sadly, growing up my parents forgot a couple of them. I remember my mom making a big deal about turning 10. I let her have “her day” and then told her I was 11 that year. The year before she had forgotten all about it and I remember waiting all day for someone to mention it and no one ever did. She tried to make up for it but its one of the stupid things one cant ever really forget. My kids have never forgotten my birthday. Only my husband ever knew about that story. He never forgot my birthday either.

15 Lisa { 12.07.15 at 10:22 pm }

Christmas baby. For years, I felt slighted.I would be given 1 big present and told it was Christmas and Birthday. Then, Birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper, but written in ink “Happy Birthday.” I started to complain as I got older. Finally, I started getting some “me time.” We did think about celebrating before the 25th and in June. Just didn’t work out. Years later, my husband planned a surprise birthday, that was awesome! I have 2 nephews born on 22nd and 23rd. I told them to always celebrate. One thing good for me now is my husband’s birthday is the 28th! Makes it fun for me.

16 Merry Christine { 12.07.15 at 10:12 pm }

My birthday is December 25th. I have never had a party, have only had 2 cakes. Growing up my parents always gave me something special for my birthday, my brothers however would give me a pair of earrings 1 for Christmas and 1 for birthday. My husband now makes sure that I get something special for my birthday. His birthday is January 23rd.

17 Cid { 12.07.15 at 9:09 pm }

My Husband was born on Christmas. I threw him his first Brithday party for him our first year of marriage. It was a surprise party we were at family’s house and came home to my cousin Ron there Chris asked what are you doing here he said I just stopped by to say Happy Birthday but One by One frends kept coming it was the best party I ever gave. We continued the traditon for several years as it was a way for our friends to be able to leave there families house early. My birthday is Dec. 11th and I don’t like it.

18 Sue { 12.07.15 at 8:36 pm }

My birthday is the day after Christmas and I sharred with my sister who is one year younger than myself and has the same birthday! Over the years I have done several things: celebrate on my conception day, celebrate my half birthday, and now I celebrate it January 26 because that is when I was supposed to be born! I was one of 15 kids, as an adult I find it cool because if I am home celebrating Christmas with family everybody remembers my birthday and feel sorry for us for having such an awful day to be born ! It is what it is!

19 Beth { 12.07.15 at 7:54 pm }

My birthday is December 27th. As a little kid, I loved it because I had a Christmas tree for my birthday! But, as an older kid and teen, it got rough. I had one birthday party in which no one brought any presents, that was pretty hard to deal with at age 9 when I had been to my friend’s parties and knew all the presents they got. Another hurtful birthday was as an adult fresh out of college. I had a friend randomly meet up with me to give me a birthday gift, I thought it was a nice, granted random, gesture until she made the comment that the gift was just a way for her to get rid of some items she was given for Christmas.
It is rough with a birthday close to Christmas, especially as a kid. I had a few that were pretty well forgotten just because of the hectic Christmas schedule with family.

20 Renee { 12.07.15 at 7:08 pm }

Mine is dec. 24th and growing up my parents were very aware to keep bday and xmas presents separate. Even after all these years I never felt that I was slighted. Although for a time in my teens I got mad when someone gave me a present wrapped in xmas paper for my birthday or anything Christmasy for a birthday present our baby sitter now has her bday on the 25th morning is xmas and after lunch is her bday.
My best friends bday is Jan 2 and she was always forgotten.

21 Janet { 12.07.15 at 7:03 pm }

My brother and I shared a Dec. 22nd birthday (we are 2 years apart) but growing up very poor, we also had to share a present quite often. We would get a glove and bat or a Pellet gun that we both shared, usually used. Being a girl, it used to bother me. But we grew up on a farm and as it turned out with my brother being my only playmate, it probably helped us to be closer as brother/sister. My family is scattered sow, so it is usually just dinner out with my husband and a present, which works for me. If a friend wants to do something special for me, it is usually lunch a few weeks before as they are pretty busy with their own holiday gatherings just before Christmas. I’m just glad they think of me, so I’m fine with that.

22 Thera { 12.07.15 at 6:48 pm }

Our daughters birthday is Jan 3rd and we make sure it is completely seperate and no signs of Christmas or left overs (we take the tree down Jan 1 and pack away the wrapping paper etc.)
For parties we delay it a bit, as if we send invites before xmas break they get lost or ignored so we send them on the second day back to school for the weekend after the next.

23 Carol { 12.07.15 at 6:46 pm }

My birthday is on December 21, I was always allowed to pick one present that was under the tree for my gift. But Christmas morning made up for just that one gift, Many, many very special memories of Christmas mornings. How I do miss them.

24 Sue { 12.07.15 at 6:14 pm }

My brother and I were born on Dec. 21 and Mom came home with us on Christmas Day! I really don’t remember being slighted for our birthday but my brother feels we were. We had a large family (8 kids) so needless to say, my parents had their hands full with the holiday. I also have a brother born on Dec. 17 and a granddaughter on the 29th. We’ve always kept them separate from Christmas.
HAPPY DECEMBER BIRTHDAY TO ALL!

25 Carol { 12.07.15 at 5:52 pm }

My Dad and I shared a Birthday on December 30th. That always made it extra special for me. We usually did something together as he knew how tough it could be. It’s a bittersweet day since he passed away 7 years ago but my husband makes sure we go out and celebrate it. I love hitting the after Christmas sales when he takes me shopping.

26 Lois { 12.07.15 at 5:50 pm }

My daughter was born on Christmas Eve, and I always thought it was such a blessing, since I was told I couldn’t have children when I was 16. I ALWAYS had her birthday a few days before, made a big party for her every year, just like I did everyone else. As she got older, she demanded we celebrate on Christmas Eve. At first, it was difficult because people were celebrating Christmas Eve!!!! (Which is why I always had it a few days before) The past two years, we had a cake and birthday gifts after Christmas Eve dinner, before singing, and continuing on with Christmas Eve. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having her birthday celebration even a day before now, so it’s not bundled with Christmas Eve, but she STILL feels slighted, even thought she’s always had a huge party. ????? Last year, I told her if I knew I was going to be persecuted for having her on Christmas Eve, I would have had the doctor induce me!!!! LOL

27 George Karr { 12.31.14 at 9:56 am }

My birthday is on December 28, and as a kid I could simply say it sucked! Christmas present was always bundled with birthday, but that just ment that I was only getting a Christmas present and not even something a bit better than the rest of my sibbling. As I got older during the last days of my senior year in high school and early years of college; I tried making it a whole month ordeal…that was a no go! Now much older and “wiser” I look back at those day and feel very gratefull for any present I ever received whether it was Christmas or birthday. I won’t leave out the part where I also have a 9 year old going on 10 born january 13, and boy are gifts so much more expensive then I remember ever receiving!

28 Cat { 12.27.14 at 7:13 pm }

I was born on December 29th. Growing up my mother used my birthday as an excuse to have HER friends over while the house was still decorated and the Christmas rush was over. I used to get soap and brooches.
Mom was a wee bit selfish.
Now I’m the mom and I make sure my 4 kids’ birthdays are special. I like to skip mine ‘cuz I’m too darn tired between Christmas and New Years. …. But my lovely husband and kids always make sure it’s my special day. Life is good. :0)

29 donna { 12.27.14 at 8:21 am }

Jan 3 here. People are sick of giving until it hurts and the bills have started coming in. Any present is wrapped in left over Christmas paper in an attempt to “get rid of it.” Bitrthday gifts were often well hidden or forgotten Christmas presents which were found after christmas. I got my brothers underwear one year yay me.

30 Trevor McGee { 12.27.14 at 4:52 am }

We must have the same birthdays, dear Author! I’ve never minded much. Once, in middle school, 13 or so, I tried to move my birthday to June. Everyone else I knew, could have some kind of outdoor party. But, I didn’t really like it. It didn’t feel like my birthday. As to presents, and that issue, I’ve always like activities, gatherings, better than things. So, we would all “do” something for my birthday, like go to the beach, or to the mountain. Then, it would benefit a greater number of us, somewhat justifying the expense. I’m still in the habit of this. This year will be no different. No gifts. Just the company of friends. Honestly, I’d rather buy my own things. I have a better understanding of what needs I have, and what needs replacing. And, what I won’t replace. I have over the years, collected from secondhand shops, a good & very useable collection of vintage, patent pending, cookware & appliances. I don’t know how I could graciously open a gift of contemporary, Made In China, Box Store cookware. I’m sure the giver would be so enthusiastic, thinking they were doing me a kindness. And sure, the internet is. Unfortunately, the product is garbage.

31 Mindy { 12.27.14 at 1:32 am }

i am two days after Christmas and it definitely gets pushed to the side. In fact, I have family with birthdays just before Christmas and there have been times that my extended family will make a special cake and gift giving for them during our holiday get together and then claim that mine hasn’t arrived yet…and guess what, in their world it never arrives. My immediate family knows this irritates me, so they always make the extra effort. Once the holidays are over. It really just depends on who is around. Some people don’t understand that birthdays and Christmas are two separate things. My son who was born two days after July 4th doesn’t get shunned because we just had a barbecue and fireworks…just saying. Lol

32 Julia { 12.27.14 at 1:17 am }

January 21. Often overlooked and forgotten! My children March,July, May,always got to skip school for the day ,and go someplace special,zoo,Smithsonian, beach,it was their special day!

33 Anne { 12.26.14 at 11:43 pm }

My birthday is December 29th. As the only child of Depression-era parents, having my birthday ‘slightly overlooked’ is a gross understatement. My parents were happy to HAVE another birthday and were not at all into celebrating. This has made me overcompensate and want a really big party with everyone there ON my birthday…….and for them to remember hat it’s my birthday without any prompting from me. Everyone is either out of town, partied out, or forgets my birthday. It has been really hard for me not to take the lack of attention personally. I will be 55 years old next week and I STILL struggle with my birthday every single year.

34 Tara { 12.26.14 at 11:43 pm }

My birthday is December 10th. I think December birthdays should be illegal. It always turns into “HappyMerryBirthdaymas”. UGH! You have to wait ALL YEAR to celebrate anything and then it gets lumped into one. I did it correctly. I have only one child and her birthday is October.

35 Ken { 12.26.14 at 11:02 pm }

Mine was on Dec.8th we had some celebrations when I was young. Used to get gifts and still do. I think it was far enough before Christmas.

36 Julie { 12.26.14 at 9:55 pm }

My birthday is December 27th. When I was a kid we always had a party with the relatives on my birthday with separate gifts, cake, etc. even though it was an extremely busy time. We saw the family on Xmas Eve, Xmas day, the 26th for my great grandma’s birthday and then the 27th for mine. I don’t know of a birthday any other time of the year, so obviously I don’t miss something I never experienced. I would say the only drawbacks were that I was never able to celebrate in my school classroom AND since I grew up in Wisconsin if I got roller skates or a new bike for Xmas or my birthday I had to wait a very long time to use them. But again, I can’t complain as a December 27th birthday is all I know and there are much more important things in the world to worry about.

37 Tim { 12.26.14 at 6:41 pm }

I was allowed to choose one of my Christmas presents for my birthday on the 24th. No cake. No party. My sister Cherie and daughter Katie always give me separate birthday and Christmas presents. That is very sweet of them, I think!

38 Jenn { 12.26.14 at 5:03 pm }

My birthday is December 26. If I wanted to have friends over for a party, it was several weeks before Christmas. If I didnt have one, it was cool having Christmas presents, then birthday presents the next day. I have never gone to school or worked on my birthday yet, so that is always a bonus.

39 Rhianna { 12.26.14 at 3:51 pm }

My birthday is January 5th, my Mothers was the 2nd. By the time Christmas, New Years and Moms birthday were dealt with, no one wanted to put any effort into my birthday, fair to say I held a lot of resentment for years over that. Any party I did try and put together usually got cancelled due to snow storms and over the years I have ended up working most of my birthdays. Last year I turned 55 on the 5th and treated myself to a week in Cuba on the beach……best birthday ever! Should have thought about taking a tropical holiday on my birthday a long time ago!

40 Carol { 12.26.14 at 3:21 pm }

I always hated my birthday…..lived in NE Ohio and if we did have party no one could get there.I had 2 gifts that were store bought in the first 12 years of my life. With all the Christmas Holiday my mom was recuperating and would remember the night before my birthday and would hurry and make me something .As a child of the 50’s my mom made most of my clothes. So I almost always got a dress. The year I got a new pair of blue jeans I was so excited….all cotton in those days, the first timed they were washed….they shrank and became my sister’s . I have a grand daughter born Jan. 11 th and I always try to make it her special day.

41 Halley { 12.26.14 at 1:25 pm }

My birthday is January 4th. I found my parents always did a good job of seperating the two when I was a kid. As an married adult I find they get blurred together more often. Often times we’ve over done it on Christmas, especially now having kids that the budget is tight come January. I always found it harder to have a birthday party because my birthday is so close to the to New Years and people tend to be partied out by then.

42 Erika { 12.26.14 at 12:37 pm }

Wow! I never knew I shared a birthday with so many! I’m a 12/26er too (2:15 am!) and didn’t like my birthday when I was a kid. I only had 1 birthday party and that was 2 weeks before the actual day. My parents always did a good job of separating to 2 and I also loathe when people try to combine gifts. It shows a complete lack of forethought and originality! Totaly agree with the birthday paper and always tell people with kids who’s birthdays are in December to make a big deal about them. I had a coworker who’s b day is the 28gh and her family NEVER did anything for it… As an adult, I don’t mind my birthday, but it still hurts when people forget it. That reminds me! My parents 39th anniversary is tomorrow!!

43 Bev { 12.26.14 at 11:31 am }

My birthday is January 3rd. Most times my folks were so over extended by the holidays, my special day was overlooked. I used to share my bday with my sister in law and her bday was January 1st, but now she’s passed on and it’s just me…

44 Jen { 12.26.14 at 11:27 am }

My sisters bday is dec 28. Growing up we always made it a separate occasion but she still felt slighted. As an adult she made the decision to change her bday. So now we celebrate one month after- on Jan 28.

45 Elle { 12.26.14 at 11:17 am }

This questioner slighted Dec. 25th Birthdays. I am one. Pre or Post Xmas…lol
Never wrap a Xmas birthday girls present in holiday wrap make it special and use birthday wrapping paper. 🙂

46 Tabitha { 12.26.14 at 11:07 am }

My birthday is on Jan. 10th. My family was not big on parties so as a child I always felt cheated. I always remembered wanting a different birthday so I could have that great experience like others that don’t have birthdays around Christmas. But I am now 36 soon to be 37 so it’s all good now. It was definitely a childhood phase.

47 melanie moore { 12.26.14 at 11:01 am }

My son’s birthday is January 1st 1977, on New Year’s Day. He was the First Baby of Grayson County Texas, born right after midnight and had his picture in the paper. I always told him he is extra special to have been born on New Year’s Day and even to have been the 1st! I hope he still believes it.

48 nikki { 12.26.14 at 10:53 am }

I feel lucky. My birthday is 4 days before Christmas but my parents did their best to keep it separate. I never really got to have a birthday party but I always got a Christmas gift and a birthday gift. One year my parents did combine it but it was because they spent a lot on one gift. My dad did make sure to wrap it half in birthday and half in Christmas. I did have a boyfriend who tried combining my gifts and I told him if he continued I would combine his. He took me seriously and never did it again. ……

49 Beth { 12.26.14 at 10:38 am }

My Birthday is December 28th. It is equidistant between Christmas and New Year. It’s often a resting day, like a Tuesday of the week…a no frills kind of day (believe me I’ve tried to spice it up). You can really only celebrate 2 major holidays in a week, not three…It is often a travel day. Friends are out of town or with their families. No matter how you slice it, it’s anti-climactic. I try and savor the season. If it’s a big birthday i try to go somewhere exotic. My family is lovely, and do sweet things. When we’re all together we have lunch or dinner and cake (one more sweet after days and days of decadence) and they wish me birthday greetings all day. My sweet family. It’s all good. Appreciating the little sweet things of life.

50 Monica { 12.26.14 at 10:37 am }

My birthday is New Year’s Eve…… I’ll be 49 this year. The best birthday party I’ve ever had was thrown by friends who felt guilty for forgetting my actual birthday and threw me an “UnBirthday Party” that following March! That was about 25 years ago.

51 Karen { 12.26.14 at 8:55 am }

We have so many birthdays in December and January. My birthday is Dec. 18, my dad and nieces birthday is the Dec. 19, my nephew is Dec. 20. Then we have Christmas. Dec. 28 is my stepson’s birthday. Janaury 2, is my youngest son’s birthday, January 15, is my oldest son’s, my brother and my nephews birthday and then last but not least January 25 is my nephews birthday. Sometimes I hate having birthdays this close to Christmas and I didn’t like it as a kid. We didn’t have much money growing up and what I received for Christmas was also my birthday present. Even though my kids birthdays are so close to Christmas, I always make it their day and do not tie it in with Christmas as hard as it is sometimes.

52 Eddie M { 12.26.14 at 8:48 am }

Mine is on January 15 and I’ve never felt cheated as far as having a birthday that month. The only real downside is that most of the Christmas spirit is gone by that day as opposed to say, January 6 which is the day I was originanly due to be born and which is also one of my sister’s birthdays as well as the day people in certain countries exchange gifts.

53 Connie Druzbik { 12.26.14 at 8:45 am }

I was born on Christmas Day. My sister was born on Dec 20th. I don’t know if we were slighted – my mom always tried to make the birthdays separate from Christmas. We always had Christmas in the morning and after dinner Christmas was over and it was my birthday. I have just 2 rules – never wrap birthday presents in Christmas paper and never combine gifts. My biggest struggle has been with my husbands family who break both rules every year LOL! I never had a birthday party until I was 27 and my friends surprised me.

54 Liz { 12.26.14 at 8:33 am }

My birthday is the 27th. Like most of you, I didn’t appreciate it as a kid. No parties with friends, no special treatment at school. If my family did remember, they also gave my younger brother and cousin a gift too because they were too little to understand why I was getting ANOTHER present and they weren’t! But, my mom felt guilty all year, and would use the bad timing of my birthday as an excuse to justify giving me something extra whenever she wanted. And as an adult, more people remember to send me birthday wishes than others, I bet! Like another commenter said, it’s the only birthday I’ve ever had, so I don’t know any different and it’s definitely part of what makes me me!

55 Mark { 12.26.14 at 8:00 am }

I feel for you all. I think I’d feel slighted as well.

56 peggy and mike Oakley { 12.26.14 at 7:56 am }

Mine and my husbands is December 23. Being this close to Christmas we’ve always felt a little cheated growing up, but as adults we make it our day to celebrate and do what we want…

57 Deb { 12.26.14 at 7:49 am }

Mine is Dec. 23, close enough to Jesus birthday!!! I feel December birthdays are special people..I enjoy my day with lots of energy around ..its tis the Season! !

58 Lee Broat { 12.26.14 at 7:37 am }

my late husband was birn Dec. 27 and I was born Jan. 5. Throughout our time together we both tried to keep those days soe ial, just for us. The year before my husband died , my daughters and I had a huge party for him with many fruends and family present. he was so happy that evening. Eight years later. I still celebrate quietly for the both of us.

59 Valerie { 12.26.14 at 7:15 am }

My birthday is Christmas Eve. As a child, I hated it because I could never have a birthday party ON my birthday. Everybody was already out of town or doing things with their family. My mom tried really hard to always give me a good birthday, but it was just a difficult situation to overcome. After I became a teenager, and a Christian, I began to feel that it was an honor to have a birthday so close to the same day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. As an adult, the only thing I don’t like about it is that every Christmas Eve I’m doing things preparing for Christmas – running last-minute errands, wrapping gifts, cooking, etc. I never, NEVER get to do anything special for my birthday. I just turned 54 this year. Every year I say it is going to be different and every year it’s not. Maybe next year…..

60 Eugene { 01.03.14 at 7:15 pm }

how do I find images of the moon in Nashville Tn from 12-25-2013 unitl 1-3-2014. Yes I just found out the kid has a project due! gotta Luv Em!

61 Chiara { 12.11.13 at 9:58 am }

My birthday is on Christmas Eve and my family makes it sure that on Christmas Eve we are celebrating my birthday and not Christmas, which means no Christmas gifts are given to me. They decorate our house with balloons and put happy birthday signs everywhere. Of course most of my gifts are wrapped in Christmas paper but I love Christmas time so I do not mind at all. I feel very blessed that one day I can celebrate with my family and friends and then the next day be able to celebrate with everyone again for Christmas. I am not sure what it is like having a birthday any other time so I can’t tell you if it’s worse than having one in January all I know is that I do not feel overlooked being the day before!

62 Thomas { 12.11.13 at 9:33 am }

December 27th–As a child, I hated it. There weren’t many of my friends around and I could never have a big party. I also perceived I was being slighted on the loot which wasn’t ever the case. My parents and closest relatives always made a distinction. Now, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s a great time to spend with friends and family and since I work in education I’m always on vacation then!

63 Oksana { 12.11.13 at 2:31 am }

My birthday is Jan 1st, New Years Day, Growing up I was always slighted, my parents rarely did anything for my birthday, my brother who is 4 years younger was born on Jan 3rd, so my parents always had a birthday party for him and I was an add on, if I was really good I was allowed 1 friend to come over for his birthday to help me keep all the little kids behaving and entertained. As an adult I frequently felt slighted because anytime I planned a get together, most would be so hung over from New Years Eve that they either didn’t come or had quit the headache from too much fun the night before. I’ve tried going out with my friends on New Years Eve, but was overshadowed by that holiday celebration. My oldest of 5 kids was born Dec 29, several weeks past her due date and my youngest was born Jan 3rd also several weeks past his due date. Not only did we do something special for them on their birthdays, I made sure we did a 1/2 year celebration with all their friends and usually a pool party or something similar. My nephew was born on Dec 31st, New Years Eve and he is just now hitting his teenage years. He also seems to be overlooked in the craziness of the holiday mix. I have a cousin also born Jan 1st and another born Jan 15, several sister in laws in Jan, and a couple more cousins in the mid Jan ranges. Very busy time of year for us

64 Ellen { 12.10.13 at 10:55 pm }

Mine is Jan 8th, one week from New Years Day. It’s not the best time and I’ve always been unhappy about celebrating it in the cold. Plus, there is usually a snow storm the weekend around my birthday. :(. I’m old enough now to let it go though. My brother always tells me to go someplace warm! Also, celebrating my half birthday in June sounds like a great idea!

65 Leslie Thieman { 12.10.13 at 9:27 pm }

My birthday is January 25. I always enjoyed getting another round of gifts after Christmas. It gave me something to look forward to. But my party was usually snowed out and that was so disappointing.

66 Mojoartist { 12.10.13 at 2:47 pm }

There are 5 birthdays in December of family & friends. I feel your pain on both sides: receiving & giving.

67 cynde { 12.10.13 at 12:22 pm }

When I was young my parents forgot my Dec 26 birthday more than once. It was also their anniversary.

68 Camille Olsen { 12.10.13 at 12:07 pm }

We had a daughter born on Dec 24th and I always felt she was slighted but many time we had her birthday in the summer. We also have 7 grand kids birthdays between Dec 31st to Jan 26th. very busy time for us.

69 Jean { 12.10.13 at 11:26 am }

My sister-in-law has a birthday on 12/26. We often celebrate her “half birthday” on 6/26, which gives her a chance to have a day of her own (not lumped in with Christmas) and summer presents, which are often more lighthearted than winter ones (scarves, hats, etc.). : )

70 Karlee Thompson { 12.10.13 at 11:12 am }

I’ve never noticed Christmas interfering but my parents would remind me it was close so maybe I didn’t get as much as I would have had my birthday been in another month. AND tomorrow I celebrate the 50th anniversary of my Sweet Sixteen Birthday!!!

71 Sue { 12.10.13 at 10:57 am }

We have an entire slew of family whose birthdays surround the holidays- my birth mom & sister are late November, one brother is Dec 5, another Dec 13, my a. mom was Dec 13, aunt & son-in-law Dec 14, me Dec 15. My grandson was born, as I predicted, on January 1, also my sis-in-law. Seriously, the January 1st birthdays are getting left in the dust because of Christmas- I nearly forget my poor grandson’s birthday! Mine on 12/15 has always garnered dinner and a small present. The recognition is all that I really care about at my age (57 on Sunday). Happy Birthday to the rest of you/us!

72 belinda { 12.10.13 at 10:55 am }

my Daughter is on the 23 she was born day early my little Christmas baby is now 34 years old

73 Sandra Scaccia { 12.10.13 at 10:49 am }

My birthday is December 19th. My sister was born 363 days later , December 17th and my brother was born on the 10th. So needless to say, I did not have my own birthday party. We were always lumped together. Last year I turned 50 and a couple friends gave me a small birthday party. My first ever. My husband survived a serious motorcycle accident a few months previous so My gratitude was not wasted on my lack of a birthday celebration. Denny’s supplied my free birthday dinner. Sometimes its not the day of your birth that is to be celebrated but everyday that you can give back to those you love

74 Merrie { 12.10.13 at 10:40 am }

I was born on Christmas. The saying goes: you get the present for Christmas, and the batteries that go with it, for your birthday! Merrie

75 cynthia { 12.10.13 at 10:35 am }

my mothers birthday was chistmas day mine is the 14th

76 terry daniels { 12.10.13 at 10:32 am }

My daughter’s birthday is CHRISTMAS DAY ! I always make her a b-day cake with candles & gave her a separate gift wrapped in b-day paper. Now that she is older she gets money, but I still make her that cake ! AND, we sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her still !

77 Julie { 12.10.13 at 10:31 am }

My birthday is 12 days before Christmas. Let’s see . . . the combination birthday/Christmas gift, Christmascy items for my birthday, and my favorite, a hat for my birthday and the matching scarf for Christmas!!

78 Chris { 12.10.13 at 10:16 am }

I have a birthday about three weeks after Christmas also…..never has been special as everyone is broke, partied out and blahed with it all. As a child it was the same. Yuk! I celebrate myself every day I can……and I celebrate all of us winter people!

79 Wendy { 12.10.13 at 10:15 am }

My daughter was born on December 26th, I was certain she was going to be a Christmas baby but she took her sweet time, still does 🙂 We learned early in that most people won’t come to a birthday party anywhere close to Christmas- they are too busy and overwhelmed with other gatherings. What to do? When she was very young we would often choose a date between her and her brother’s September date (they are only 21 mos apart in age) for a joint party, with smaller at home celebrations and a small gift day of their birthday but as they got older that didn’t work either, they understandably wanted their own days.
So we began a new tradition, they could choose a party or a special day out- the zoo, a museum, shopping, whatever they wanted within reason and dependent on weather. We have consequently been to Sun Records, Rock and Soul Museum, Graceland, The Ryman, Country Music Hall of Fame, Several historic houses and properties, art museums, any number of state parks for hiking, to the zoo in freezing temps, made the rounds of local antique stores and done lots of cooler camping 🙂 It has been a blast every time. We took the money we would have spent on the party to make a special day full of memories and they still talk about them to this day. My son got lucky this year and Memphis held Downtown Museum Day the weekend of his birthday- we packed in multiple museums and historic properties at his request. This year my daughter has chosen the Johnny Cash Museum- both my kids are singers and musicians and crazy into music, maybe all of those music museums are why.
Each family has to decide what works for them but for us it became more about family memories than brief parties that were soon over with and faded into the memory of a string of parties. These days are always so special, always something new and an experience we get to share. My kids are 15 and turning 17 into 2 weeks and they still choose these family days over their friends. That is a gift for me 🙂

80 elaine { 12.10.13 at 10:07 am }

my birthday is Dec 20 I have never felt I was neglected in any way. One of my grandmothers lived in a city far away and she always celebrated my b-day with my brothers in july so I got 2 birthdays. and my fathers is jan 6 we alway have a celebration for him and my grandson is the 11 jan again celebrate just lots of celebration in this family I don’t think anyone feels neglected …

81 Donna { 12.10.13 at 10:06 am }

December 27……I’d rather not talk about it.

82 Marie Shumate { 12.10.13 at 9:53 am }

My brother’s is the 15th of December and mine is Christmas Eve,our mother always made sure we had early parties so we were never left out and it worked well.I love it that its Christmas Eve. I get more gifts and my husband makes sure I always get jewerly on my Birthday.If the weather is bad I have a summer party so I get the best of 3 worlds. 🙂

83 Valerie { 12.10.13 at 9:50 am }

My birthday is in early December. My mother-in-law’s birthday is on Christmas. My father and my son are both New Year’s Eve babies.

Growing up, Christmas decorations weren’t put up until after my birthday. That was easy and my dad didn’t care…we just went out to eat to a really nice restaurant on his birthday/New Years. But one thing I did notice, once I was older: my Valentine’s gifts were a bit more than just candy and a card. My Easter basket was always more than chocolate bunnies and eggs.

So, as a family who continues to celebrate all our December birthdays…we don’t move our celebrations…we celebrate on that day. We just add a bit more to the other holidays throughout the year. So for Valentine’s Day, maybe there’s an extra toy and shirt. At Easter, the basket is quite huge and inside is very little candy/chocolate but some good toys and several DVDs. DVDs are a great price that time of year. 🙂

In other words, we celebrate the birthdays, as they happen as that day is a gift and should be celebrated as such. But we also give more on holidays throughout the year to help spread the love. 🙂

84 Ruth Renedo { 12.10.13 at 9:41 am }

Both my daughters were born in Dec (28th) and Jan (10th). Their father and I made sure they were not denied celebrations. We took advantage of post Christmas sales and between Christmas and birthdays they made out ok.

85 Jo { 12.10.13 at 9:38 am }

New Year’s day baby…..like Heather (above) it was overlooked, forgotten or an after thought. Never a special day.

86 Katie Lunsford { 12.10.13 at 9:36 am }

Ya, I’m a Jan birthday & I hate it. SOOOO much!!! Everyone is partied, cooked, celebrated, shopped & niced out! I get regifts from some, if you didn’t want it for Christmas what makes you think I want it for my birthday?!? No one wants to gather, too many social obligations in Dec, Jan is for relaxing & recouping. We are all broke, so my fam is scraping for the $$ just to make a cake, much less a gift or big dinner… never do we get to go out for birthday dinner. Too broke for dinner, well you can forget presents! It adds insult to injury when ya know the cold in Jan makes my body ache, I have SAD and can’t even think about warming up till spring! I’d give so much to trade birthdays with my kid, he’s a mid June boy!!

87 jennifer { 12.10.13 at 9:36 am }

my birthday is new years eve and I just hate it

88 kryssa Clark { 12.10.13 at 9:33 am }

My birthday is 4 days before Christmas and sucks. We never had much money growing up, in turn I received birthmas presents from all of my family. My son’s birthday is 9 days before Christmas and I plan to make sure he gets a separate celebration, unlike me.

89 Julia { 12.10.13 at 9:28 am }

My birthday is the day after Christmas – often overlooked except by my sweet sister who never forgets and never uses Christmas wrap 🙂

90 Jennifer { 12.10.13 at 9:26 am }

We have three January birthdays in our family and I consider it a blessing because we have the best sales of the entire year with which to prepare for them. I also agree with the poster who said that it helps the cold/nasty/unpleasant season to pass more quickly!

91 Heather { 12.10.13 at 9:15 am }

My birthday falls on New Years eve, while everyone was celebrating the new year I was like “Hey, anyone,…its my birthday”

92 Tricia { 12.10.13 at 9:07 am }

My daughter’s birthday is in January, and Iove it. As soon as the holidays are over we start planning her birthday party, and it gives us something exciting for that month. I’m not a winter person, and having the holidays plus her birthday really makes it feel like winter is progressing fast. By the time all that activity is over, it’s already February, the shortest month, and winter is 2/3 over with! I buy her birthday gifts at Christmas, wrap them in birthday paper and hold on to them for a few weeks. Sometimes I wonder if she’ll long for a summer birthday party in the park or something outside, but I told her if she ever wants to do that we can move the party to to June and have a half birthday that year. She would still get a cake on her real birthday and gifts from me, but the party, guests and gifts would wait until June. So far she hasn’t taken me up on that.

93 Deb Hines { 12.10.13 at 9:03 am }

My birthday is 4 days before Christmas and growing up it wasn’t too much of an issue, my mother made sure to keep them separate and insisted on using birthday wrap for my gifts. As I’ve gotten older I realize that it’s tough to get together with people to celebrate and it usually ends up being a combined event (better than not at all though!) My husband tried to throw a surprise party for me on my 40th and it was pretty much just family. This year is my 50th and the DH isn’t around now so I’m not sure exactly what I will do. I’m pretty philosophical about it. It is what it is and it’s the only way I know it.

94 beth { 12.10.13 at 8:59 am }

My birthday is 11 days after Christmas, and I love it! What I don’t get for Christmas I get for my birthday, and the Plaza (big shopping district here) lights are still up, so it’s fun and a little romantic to go down there and have dinner

95 Eileen { 12.10.13 at 8:57 am }

My son’s birthday is December 28th and I always keep it a special day for him. I plan for birthday gifts in advance and he picks how he would like to celebrate.

96 Stioux { 12.10.13 at 8:56 am }

Born January 8th, my father would joke every year he was giving me money for Christmas so I can buy myself a birthday gift. Every year.

97 Loyn { 12.10.13 at 8:55 am }

My stepson’s birthday is Nov 4. it’s right there with the rush of the holidays. We get him good present for his b-day then it’s like a month later we are giving him another run at gifts. then he also wants a tax present…. lol

98 crunchycon { 12.10.13 at 8:54 am }

My birthday is two days after Christmas. My dad’s was two days prior. My poor mother worked very hard to make sure we weren’t overlooked. Having said that, among my friends, I got lost in the shuffle. I’m over it, though. I’ve had therapy;-).

99 Sara { 12.09.13 at 9:35 pm }

My birthday is a full month after Christmas. I grew up believing that the stores where out of the toys I wanted because of Christmas. Turns out, it was my mother’s bank account that was out of money because of Christmas.

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