Sure, having a birthday around Christmastime might be kind of cool for the kids who aren't in school yet, but... Once school starts, it's MISERABLE! Absolutely and positively miserable.
It's my birthday and I want to share it with my friends! Especially my school friends... But you see, my family celebrates Christmas on Christmas eve, I think it has to do with our Scandinavian heritage. Ah well.
You'll spend the morning waiting for lunchtime to roll around, that's because that's when you get to celebrate your birthday on this major holiday... Not the whole day, just around noontime. You'll feel gypped. You wont get "special dinners" because your family makes Palt every Christmas, because that's tradition. Sure, you get to pick what to have for lunch, but it cannot be too much, because we have to save room for dinner. SIGH.
My mom always wanted me to celebrate my birthday earlier or later than my actual birthday, in hopes of having people show up for a party. It was a great idea, however, there were only a couple of times that this actually worked out, but it never felt the same. It wasn't really my birthday, and it wasn't that great. I gave up trying to celebrate my birthday on a different day, and later in life, I found that my real friends would come on my birthday and hang out with me.
In light of the above, I guess it wasn't ALL bad. I didn't have the horrible experience (that some fellow Christmas Eve birthday peeps have gone through) of getting ONE present for birthday and christmas, nor did I ever get christmas wrapping on my birthday presents. I did however, get considerably LESS presents (counting BOTH christmas and birthday presents) than compared to the other kids in my family around christmastime. I guess that taught me to appreciate what I have.
Being older, 25 now, I've done my best to keep my chin up around the holidays. It's hard when living far away from family though. Nowadays my birthday is inviting a few close friends to gather around and eat some damn good food. Not that this is a bad way to spend my birthday, I am accepting it more and more as I am living internationally. I like the low-key stuff.
How do you celebrate your birthday? How did you celebrate your birthday when you were young?