As most of you know, I just had a birthday. Laura just did too so we’ll see how different the two of us are. If we are different. We are both pretty much Christmas babies. Or holiday babies. I even got a Christmassy name. I do love my name so I’m not complaining about my name.
I’m a person who doesn’t really think much of my birthday. Don’t get me wrong, I like presents but to me, my birthday is really just another day. It’s like yesterday pretty much and like tomorrow will be. My birthday was always spent traveling. We either spent Christmas in Canada with my dad’s family or Buffalo, NY with my moms. We always returned home on the 27th. Always. I never really got to have sleep overs or really birthday parties of any kind because we weren’t home and we were on school vacations. I did get to bring a treat for the class when we got back in school after the new year but it was never really the same thing.
Then we have presents. Mine were always wrapped in Christmas paper and I didn’t really ever get a real card. I got those little “TO” and “FROM” Christmas tags. Can you tell it bugged me? Then I’d get a combo gift that was for both Christmas and my birthday. I’d get a bike or a stereo and then in March my brother would get the same thing but he got a different Christmas present. I know he feels bad about that to this day. The adult in me knows how easy that would be. Money is so tight at Christmas and I don’t for a second think my parents did it on purpose or anything. It’s just the way it was.
Just for the record, my birthday isn’t like that now. Paul and the boys have seen to it that my birthday is always separate from Christmas. That stuff only happened to me as a child and I don’t for a second hold any grudges. I do get how it could be.
But I know a lot of people who feel their birthday’s aren’t really that big of a deal. It’s pretty much just another day. Then on the other hand I know people who think the world should revolve around them on their birthday and think it should be a national holiday and they should be waited on and pampered all day long.
How about you? Do you think your birthday is just another day? Maybe a cake and a few gifts and a nice dinner is good enough for you or do you think on your birthday you should be pampered totally and waited on hand and foot?