If you ask my mom how I came into the world, she will tell you that it was by a doctor coming from a hospital Christmas party. A cigarette in one hand and a drink in the other, he strolls in, puts down his vices and delivers me, within the hour, of December 28th, 1977. I fall right smack in the middle of two big holidays, Christmas and New Years. Anyone would know that being born around this time is considered a holiday baby. It is a rite of passage, and it requires a set of tough skins to be one. In some cases, literally – since I know of other holiday babies who were born in the middle of a blizzard (tough break Ricky)!
Are there any holiday babies out there? Raise your hand. No really, don’t be shy, raise it high in the office, so even that weird guy over in accounting can see you. Be proud of your title! And, now its time for the top five things that us holiday babies can relate to.
You know you are a holiday baby when:
- Another closet is needed to store all your sweater gifts.
- Getting birthday gifts with Christmas wrapping is totally normal.
- Nothing says your birthday better than a gifted Christmas ornament.
- Snowstorms and birthday parties are not a good idea (thanks Winter Miser).
- The dreaded Christmas/Birthday combo gift. Enough said.
But being a holiday baby is not all bad. There are some great perks too. I feel that having a birthday during this time of year makes you appreciate what’s going on around you, because people are happy and celebrating all the time. I got to do a lot of my favorite activities during my past birthdays like; sledding, ice skating, going to a NY Giants game, horseback riding, and making snow forts!
Another perk was it always seemed to work out that my job would have my birthday off, so I never had to use a personal day for it. Now with me having my own business, the boss (wink) has recognized my birthday as an official holiday, so I get it off, every year! This is when I get to do my other favorite things like; eating sushi, getting a massage, or just relaxing with a glass of wine and a good book.
Another thing us holiday babies have are some super-star birthday ambassadors. One of my biggest ambassadors is, and always will be, my mom. That lady would stay up extra late and continue to wrap all of my birthday gifts (that were NOT sweaters and ornaments) after she had wrapped all the Christmas gifts. I can’t even begin to tell you how many snow storms she braved taking us to Banjos (remember that place?) to celebrate my birthday and how many snow banks we hit along the way, but darn-it, she got us there!
One of my favorite things she would do is bring out the pinata that we would all celebrate outside, in the snow! A little bit of summer among the snowflakes – you are the best, mom! My mother always made a big deal about my birthday (and still does) and I will always appreciate her for it! Any moms of holiday babies out there that are doing the same thing? Great job ladies, you kids WILL remember and WILL thank you for it later on – trust me.
So now that you know a little more about us holiday babies, please take the time to say a quick happy birthday, when you pass by us. If you see a holiday baby flash through your Facebook news feed, please give them a birthday wish – it really does make our day a little more brighter. To all the other holiday babies out there, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and I hope you have a super awesome day!! Let me know that you are out there and if you have any great holiday baby birthday stories to tell. We can talk about them and celebrate over a birthday coffee.