December 15: December Birthdays
In elementary school I disliked waiting 355 days before I could open presents again. While my parents were great about making my birthday a separate event from Christmas, I just didn’t like the long wait until I could celebrate again. It wasn’t so much based on getting presents as it was relishing the anticipation and surprise.
To compensate, we celebrated my birthday one year in October with a costume party and piñata. Another year I deemed June 15th my official half-birthday, requesting a decorated cake and ice cream. But for the most part, all celebrations occurred within a ten-day span.
When I entered high school (which continued through college) I wasn’t fond of my December birthday because it always fell during finals week, and it always seemed I had my toughest final on the 15th. Sure, we celebrated once the final was over, but it was more in honor of the start of winter break than my birthday.
Because of this, I vowed that I would never have a December baby… I would make sure that my children had the opportunity to celebrate a birthday separate from the Christmas holiday. Well, you know best laid plans… my son was born December 8th. While we tried to make his day special, it is difficult to find a separate time from the school holiday parties, the church Christmas pageants, and the-end-of-the semester projects and recitals.
But lately I have decided it is an honor to have a birthday in December.
Every street is adorned with festive lights during our birthday month. For the most part, perfect strangers are more generous and joyful at this time of year. Carols of hope, peace, and goodwill play non-stop in local stores and restaurants. And… we share our special day with the birth of our Savior.
Yes, a December birthday is extraordinary indeed.