Today is my birthday. Which of course means it’s a December birthday.
Growing up telling people that my birthday was in the same month as Christmas I’d get the pity eyes like it’s such a bad thing. People assume that just because you’re birthday is so close to Christmas that it means your birthday is forgotten or that you don’t get as many presents or a big party even. Those with birthdays in months outside of December are luckier because it’s not all squished into one month.
I’m here to tell you why having a December birthday is actually pretty awesome!
1. Combined presents
Image source: Flickr via JDHankcock
There’s been times in my life where I’ve wanted to have something a bit more expensive than what my parents budgeted for my birthday or for Christmas. Any other time I’d probably just resign myself to the fact that it was hopeless or I’d need to save up my own money to get it myself.
But when you have a birthday in December, you can do a gift that’s for Christmas and your birthday so you don’t have to think of other ways to come up with the money!
Case in point: One year I wanted an iPod Classic as the iPod I had before had broke (it was such a sad tale, and unfortunately I’ve had terrible luck with iPods and breaking…of my own accord though, nothing on Apple). I’d had the Nano before, but the classic had a lot more room on it and I was all about the music at that time in my life. My parents were awesome to pay the extra by combining my birthday with Christmas! I loved that iPod…until it unfortunately got lost/stolen. (I told you I’ve had bad luck!). Of course, even when I’ve had combined gifts, I’ve gotten gifts from other friends and family as well as at Christmas I get the little presents too that I love.
2. Decorations and the all around feeling of Christmas
I know I’m not alone in being a fan of Christmas and Christmas decorations. As much as I don’t agree with it, there’s a reason the stores start selling Christmas things earlier and earlier each year. There’s something magical about the holly, garland, lights, music, and just the all around feeling of Christmas.
I love sharing this feeling with my birthday time. I remember when I was younger I loved Snowden (not to be confused with the whistle blower). He was a snowman that came to life and ice skated. There were Christmas specials too and Target sold exclusive Snowden things. One year for my birthday we went ice skating at an outdoor rink and I had an awesome Snowden cake (it had an ice skating rink made of tin foil and a small Snowden plush on top). Sure you could do something like that with a birthday at other times of the year, but you might get funny looks. Snowden was a part of Christmas to me and a part of what I wanted to have at my birthday.
I’ve also enjoyed going into the stores to hear Christmas music or seeing all the decorations around the malls and town during my birthday. It’s almost like a celebration all for me (though I know it really isn’t).
The feeling of Christmas just makes me happy inside. I get giddy when listening to Christmas music and that’s something I like to embody on my birthday too. I like to make not only myself feel good but others too. One of my favorite songs is from A Muppet’s Christmas Carol which explains it so well:
“It is the season of the heart
A special time of caring
The ways of love made clear
It is the season of the spirit
The message, if we hear it
Is make it last all year”
3. Being a Sagittarius
Image source: Flickr via zeevveez
Okay, I know this doesn’t fit for ALL those born in December (Sags are those born between November 23rd and December 21st) and I’m not a complete believer of Astrology, but I’m proud of being a Sagittarius! Ever since I can remember I’ve been intrigued by archery and well, the Sagittarius is a bow wielding Centaur. Also Centaurs are cool. But that’s beside the point. Sagittarius love traveling and adventure! I may be a home body at times but I’m always thinking of my next big adventure and where we can travel next. Unfortunately both those things generally cost money, so we haven’t gotten to do a lot of it, but we do find things to do locally that feed my hunger for adventure.
Growing up my uncle, who also has a December birthday, would always say, “Us Sagittarius have to stick together!” He always made me proud of the month I was born in (on a side note on my side of the family, we have a lot of December birthdays! It’s a popular month to be born! In fact my younger brother and I are 3 years and 2 days a part and got to celebrate our birthdays together just this last Saturday with our family).
4. Having a birthday close to Jesus Christ
I don’t normally get religious on here, and the religion that I’m a part of believes that Jesus wasn’t actually born in December, but we do celebrate it during this month like the rest of the world. But one of my friends, Marissa, who was born in December as well, said, “When I was little I liked that my birthday was close to Jesus’, it actually made me feel closer to him, it also kind of humanized him to me, because when you’re a kid, he can feel a bit abstract.
So when you’re little, having your birthday and Jesus’ birthday close together it was just very real like, ‘Oh, this just happened to me last week, I get this'”
5. We don’t know any different
This is the way things have been for us our whole lives. I didn’t just one day decide my birthday was changing from August to December. It’s always been December. I’ve never not had my birthday close to Christmas. There’s times I’ve had to make some sacrifices (like my dad having his work Christmas parties on my birthday) but it wasn’t something I had control over and it wasn’t something to get upset about. My parents worked hard to make mine (and my brother’s) birthdays special and I’m proud of being born in this month.
Oh and also a Happy Birthday to me!
If you have a birthday in December (or someone that you’re related to has one) let me know in the comments! Bonus points if your birthday is the 7th like mine! (What do the points do? Nothing really except for that connection you feel when having the same birthday as someone).