Celebrating a Christmas Birthday – What it’s really like!

It’s that time of the year again. The shops are jammed packed with people organising their last minute Christmas shopping, getting a car park is a complicated feat let alone the crowd that awaits you inside. Everyone is rushing around attending Christmas work parties, or organising family dinners. Minds are filled with thoughts around, who is cooking what? What are you purchasing for Aunty Mabel? When are we going to look at the Christmas lights? What about the Christmas Markets? The list goes on.

It is at this time of the year that everyone forgets about that one little date lost amongst the bright Christmas lights, the snowflake covered wrapping paper and delicious fruit mince pies … Happy Christmas Birthday to you, Christmas time Baby.

From one Christmas Birthday baby to another. No, wait scratch that. From one Christmas Birthday baby to EVERYONE who doesn’t understand the truth about celebrating a Christmas Birthday. Friends and family listen here and take note, it’s about to get real.

Let’s start with having a Christmas Birthday as a Child.

It is truthfully traumatic having a Christmas Birthday growing up. Not only did I never get to take a Birthday cake into school and have everyone sing Happy Birthday to me. The unfulfilled dream I used to watch again and again as colourful cakes came into classroom for the whole 14 years of my education (okay let’s make it like 8 as we all grow out of Birthday cakes at school but bear with me I’m being dramatic).

I also never got to experience the joy of having friends over for a BIG Birthday Party because most people are away on holidays over the summer break or alternatively and more likely – Nothing is open!

Lastly, and something I complain to my family about constantly, is the fact that I never got to go to Movieworld or Dreamworld like my sister did because no one has money around Christmas or again – Nothing is open!

Moving into adulthood it doesn’t get any better having a Christmas Birthday

As a child I will admit my Mum did make sure that there was a definite separation between Christmas and Birthday presents but it appears as time goes on my family has, well, gotten a bit slack. The good old I couldn’t get to the shop or couldn’t find what I wanted for you are very common these days. There is also added pressure on you, to not only try and make a Christmas wish list of gift ideas but a Birthday wish list as well, as you have to wait another year for the next opportunity to get that very expensive camera or Xbox.

You also become aware that Birthday parties as an adult are also not going to be any better either. As all of the sudden your friends disappear. Even scheduling in a Facebook event 3 month early is no competition for the festive season where holidays, family and funds are your main rivalry.

And that is even if people remember. It’s called the silly season for a reason and minds are definitely elsewhere, as proven by peoples inabilities to navigate a shopping centre in any form of a straight or rational line.

So in closing here is what I recommend for you. From one Christmas Birthday baby to EVERYONE. 

Spoil that special someone in your life. Think about what you are going to buy them this year, IN ADVANCE and not have it as an afterthought or “joined present” (crazy I know, maybe even splurge and buy real Birthday themed wrapping paper).

Maybe even get them a Birthday Cake… that’s not Christmas fruitcake (although I do love me some fruit cake). Or that work friend you have that never gets a treat on their birthday like everyone in the office, decorate their desk so after the holidays they still get that special moment. Make them feel special.

That is all we are asking for. We know Christmas is a big deal, but so are Birthdays too.

Happy Holidays everyone!

** Disclaimer… Written with tongue firmly in cheek!

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26 Comments

  1. I can very much relate to this as my sister-in-law has her birthday 24th. Myself, I have my birthday 29th. Right in between x-mas and the new year. But during my youth I celebrated my 12,5 and 15,5 birthday June 29th. This year, i’ll turn 33 and will celebrate my 33 1/3 birthday April 29th. I thought it’s a hilarious idea and I’ll get a full on b-day on another day. Merry Birthday and Happy Christmas to you!!

  2. Oh my gosh! I can’t even imagine how awful it would be to have a Christmas birthday. I’m SO very sorry!!!! I love that you keep a positive and light demeanor through this very serious issue!

  3. my birthday is two days before Christmas and my sisters birthday is two days after. my Mom let us have our birthday parties in September so that we could assure that friends would be available to come. for me I loved never having to go to school on my birthday. as an adult it sucks completely but my parents do go above and beyond for my birthday but now we live thousands of miles apart so only so much can be done

    1. Happy Birthday Michelle! My sisters are 2 days apart but in July so we did heaps for there birthday normally. I normally try and celebrate mine in Mid January as it is summer in Australia so lovely to be out and about. Merry Christmas!! 🙂

  4. Awww, I feel for you (sort of), as my birthday is always around Thanksgiving. I know what you mean about people not being around because they’re always out of town. My mom’s birthday is Christmas Eve, so she’s always getting celebrated on Christmas when everyone is there. I know there’s nothing you can do about it, but just remember that you are being thought of on a very special day of the year. Happy Birthday!

    1. Thanks Kim!! Thanksgiving would be super hard also, everything closes down in America for that right?? Hope you had a wonderful Birthday and Merry Christmas!! 🙂

  5. I can relate…well not me but all my kids have birthdays around the holidays. One is 2 days after Thanksgiving, another is tomorrow and another the end of the month. But I make it a point to do something special for each one. So despite the fact that Christmas is just around the corner, I we are throwing a party tomorrow… Just finished decorating at 1:30am while she is asleep! And it is rainbow colors like your photo shows, too! Hope someone remembers your birthday and makes it special!

    1. That is beautiful Zan, and sounds amazing!! I funnily enough share the same Birthday as my new mother in law, so if my husband forgot her would be in a world of trouble. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to your family!! 🙂

  6. I have a friend who has a birthday on Christmas Eve. She shares your same sentiments wholeheartedly. I was shocked to find out from her that people who wrap her birthday presents in Christmas wrapping paper! Goodness. Happy birthday to you 🙂

  7. My oldest and youngest daughter are both the week of Thanksgiving and they always feel a bit slighted because no one is available for parties and most times they have to deal with no celebrations at school either BUT I couldn’t imagine Christmas. I am sure it is ten times worse. Here’s to making the most of it no matter what 🙂

    1. I should totally do that. My friends do Christmas in July, should totally so Birthday in July 😉 My sisters are born in July too, so we can all celebrate together tehe

  8. My SIL has a Christmas Birthday and we always make a point to do something special with her. A birthday should be special and separate from the holiday. Happy Birthday!

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