by Jo Robertson
Someone has a birthday on a holiday or a holiday season -- Christmas, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day.
Or an oddity of a birthday, like me, who was born on February 29 and only has a “real” birthday every four years.
I’ll bet everyone has a family member or knows someone in such a position. Our own Aunty Cindy's birthday is today!
For the birthday guy or gal it totally sucks. Or so my oldest daughter, who was born on December 27, tells me. In all of the hullabaloo of holidays, the birthday babe or dude is often forgotten.
Their presents come wrapped in holiday paper, so the sense of "birthday" is lost.
Or worse, they're given a single gift which is "supposed" to cover both Christmas and their birthday! How does that make the birthday "special"?
If it's a Christmas birthday, you might end up with the name Noel, Joy, or Holly, which may or may not be fine with you.
So, what do you do?
I have a friend who “changed” her birthday. She literally celebrates a December birthday in June. She claims it was very poor planning on her parents’ part.
A solution my daughter came up with for a milestone birthday was to throw a party for herself. Since she was a teen during the eighties, the theme was The Eighties, and guests dressed up in costumes, they had a dessert buffet, a DJ, and even an intermission dance and song performance.
Follow the YouTube link below to check out some of the highlights of the event.
My daughters and I always celebrate birthdays with a HHFD (Happy, Happy Fun Day). We go out to dinner, catch a movie, spend some time together. This year we're adding an "Ornaments and Decorations Giveaway."
I'm passing on many of my holiday items to the girls (including the daughters-in-law). We sit in a circle, place the items out for all to see, and take turns choosing items until they're all gone. I think it'll be great fun!
So what about you? Do you or anyone you know have a holiday birthday? How do you make the event special? And if you are one of the rare persons who doesn't know a Holiday Birthday person, how about sharing a favorite recipe. Here's one I just got from my friend Judy:
1 package Oreo cookies (use cookie including the cream center)
1 8 oz. package cream cheese (softened)
White chocolate bark
1. Finely crush package of Oreo cookies and stir in softened cream cheese. Use the back of a large spoon to help mash the two together.
2. Roll the mixture into 1” balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. Refrigerate or freeze for a few minutes until balls set up.
3. Melt chocolate as directed on the package and then dip balls into chocolate, tap off extra and set aside on wax paper cookie sheet to dry. Sprinkle with holiday sparkles.
4. Makes about 36 truffles.
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