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!