Why it sucks to have a birthday close to the holidays

I tend to give children with birthdays close to Christmas a little extra when I do parties for them. Sometimes I will give extra prizes, games, and have even dressed up like Queen Frostine just because their birthday happened to be close to the holidays. Why would I do that? Well, I guess it is because I know how much it sucks to have a birthday this time of year.
My birthday is two weeks and one day after Christmas. When I was younger, it wasn’t so bad, but as I have gotten older, it has started to get to me. I think it was when a family member forgot my birthday the first time. Then there was the birthday where everyone forgot a milestone birthday. Then for the last couple years, my birthday became Christmas because we had to delay the holiday because my husband was away. I ended up buying my cake both years.  Anymore, I usually pick out my own presents, and it is not that I want presents. I would honestly just love flowers, a handmade card, or just something to make me feel special.
This year, my husband is away again. There won’t be any celebrating, cards, or presents. It just kinda sucks.
Do any of you have birthdays close to Christmas? Have you ever been forgotten? I would love to hear from you!



  1. terrikenworthy
    January 9, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Happy Birthday! I’m sorry your hubby won’t be there to do something special for you. My daughter’s birthday is two days before Christmas and so far it hasn’t really been an issue because Christmas isn’t a big deal here in Mongolia where we live – so we’ve always managed to still have a big party for her and celebrated the same as we would have had it been any other day of the year – but I imagine she will share some of your struggles as she gets older – I know when we’re in America it will be harder to have a b-day party that close to Christmas because everyone is so stressed and busy that time of year – friends might not be available to attend, etc. We’ll have to get creative in making her feel extra special and not forgotten or overlooked. Thanks for sharing your feelings about having a holiday birthday.

  2. bearhaven
    January 9, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you. It wasn’t too bad of a day. One of my former exchange students called me, and it made my day!
    I hope your daughter doesn’t have to deal with the downside of having a birthday close to Christmas. Thank you for reading 🙂

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