Birthdays in December: The Pros and Cons
Today is my birthday. It is exactly 2 weeks before Christmas Eve and happens to be right in the middle of probably what is the most hectic time of the year for most people I know. If I had gotten to choose, I probably would have chosen to have my birthday in any other month but December. I can’t tell you how many times I feel like I’ve missed out on birthday fun because it’s in the middle of winter. One year we didn’t get to go out to eat for my birthday because it snowed all day. Half the people we were supposed to get together with couldn’t get out, so the people that could picked up takeout and brought it to our house. Thankfully, it wasn’t a complete disaster, but I was disappointed to have been stuck in the house all day. Even if it’s not snowing, it’s usually really cold outside so I can’t plan to do anything that involves being outside without the risk of frostbite.
There are also too many other holiday gatherings going on to really plan any kind of party. It seems like people are so busy with work and family get-togethers and Christmas shopping that there is no time to get together for a birthday. My brother’s birthday is a few days after Christmas, so he has always had the same issue. Several times, I remember us all going out to eat in January for both of our birthdays lumped together and since he was younger, he usually got to pick where we went. I know it sounds silly, but it was always the tradition in our family that whoever’s birthday it was got to pick where we ate, and I think I missed out on that more than I should have. There was also the time a few years ago that I tried to invite people over for a game night just to hang out so I had something fun to do for my birthday. Every single person except for one had backed out on me by noon the day of the party (of course, after I had already bought all the stuff to make the food), so I had to cancel it.
Because it’s such a crazy and busy time of year, even if there are a few nights left open to schedule some kind of celebration, birthdays in December have a way of sneaking up on people because we are all so preoccupied with other things that are going on. Not to mention how impossible it is to get reservations for dinner any night in December.
But I guess it is what it is, so I try to make the best of it. There are a few good things about having a birthday in December, though. I always insisted that the Christmas tree be up by my birthday, and it’s kind of fun to have presents under the tree. I know it doesn’t have anything at all to do with my birthday, but I did always like having the tree up and I remember begging my parents to make that happen every year. That being said, I hated when my birthday presents were wrapped in Christmas paper. I know that’s kind of stupid, but they are birthday presents – not Christmas presents! So I always asked them to wrap my gifts in birthday wrapping paper. And then there are the lights up outside, so things seem really festive. Regardless of what’s going on, I do try to make time to celebrate my birthday, even if not everyone came make it. Just because there’s a lot going on doesn’t mean I shouldn’t get to enjoy my day!
What do you usually do to celebrate your birthday?