This card is going to look familiar to a reader of my blog, who is also a family member.
That's because we have something in common. In fact, our birthdays are only a day apart.
We are December birthday babies. Or, as a friend calls birthdays, our "natal anniversaries".
Not only that, our birthdays are close to Christmas, as are a third family member's.
I'm only following a family tradition. My father's father, deceased for many years now, was born on December 26.
So, I know what it is like to have your birthday swallowed up in what our country calls "The Holidays". And I do mean swallowed up.
I decided to google "having a birthday near Christmas" and Google gave me 65,300,000 results. So I can't be the only person who wonders about this.
Many of the returns were along the lines of "why Christmas birthdays are the worst", but there are two schools of thought here for us in that situation, which depends on your family and personal traditions. (In this, I include people of all religious faiths, as there are other religious holidays besides Christmas in December. But in our country, the modern Christmas is - face it - rather overpowering.)
1. It really stinks. You get a combined gift for your tradition's holiday and for your birthday, and your birthday is swallowed up whole, never to be seen again.
2. Wow, everything is all decorated, and people are celebrating, and it's really a wonderful time, isn't it? It's an honor to be born on or around a sacred holiday. And, the best part of birthdays means that you are alive, and there are a lot of people out there fighting daily for that privilege.
I have bounced between #1 and #2. In fact, for several years, I asked my job (which will have a little gathering with cake or whatever with your co-workers) to celebrate my birthday in January.
One thing having a December holiday birthday does is teach you that life, and birthdays, are a lot more than gift giving occasions. I am grateful daily for the opportunity to wake up. But, when you are young, it can be tough.
As I age, though, I find this birthday dilemma matters less and less. In some ways, age becomes, more and more, just a number, especially when one candle for each year of your life would require a full sheet cake. With a fire extinguisher.
So, regardless of your religious faith, if you have a birthday today, or in the next several days, I wish you all the most wonderful birthday possible.
Are you a December birthday person? What have your experiences been?