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Merry Birthday?

Merry Birthday?

If your birthday happens to fall in either December or January you probably know what I’m about to ask: 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, “doubled up” 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, and they may be sick of shopping and have made the decision to tighten belts so they can pay their holiday bills. 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 one could answer that 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 have a birthday so close to Christmas and the New Year. Did you ever feel slighted or wished your birthday fell at a different time?

Do any of your children have birthdays 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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  • julia says:

    No one can truely know which is better as no one can have the experience of having had both. Is the grass greener on the other side or not? In this case no one will ever really know for certain.

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