There are somethings I will never understand like people who like beets or run marathons. I’ll never completely why people will volunteer to wait in long lines with a bunch of strangers just so they can buy some discounted items (that if you were truly a diligent shopper you could find other times of the year). There just isn’t any appeal there for me. But that’s just me…
I’ve declared June 18th my half birthday. If you are asking me why, then your birthday must not be the week of Christmas– which sucks by the way!
If you live in America and celebrate Christmas you know that Decemeber is the most festive month of the year. People spend all year getting ready for the holidays, planning trips home, indulge in movies and exchanging gifts. This month alone can ressurrect entire economies as people dig into their wallets and share tidings of great joy with their families, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
However, if your birthday is anywhere around Christmas people are likely to make your Christmas gift a two for one deal. Let me give you a $25.00 Amazon Gift card to you for your birthday with a card that says Happy Birthday and Merry Chirstmas. No longer seems fair does it?
If you declare your half birthday, friends will buy your present and not think twice about making it a dual purpose birthday gift.
The other thing about being born the week of Christmas is that you don’t get birthday parties. Think about it. Most kids are getting out of school for winter break, so no in class celebration. As you get older, your birthday falls around exams—everyone is studying and then heading home, again no birthday party.
As an adult I took upon myself to start throwing my own birthday parties because DANG IT- I’m happy to be born and I’m gonna celebrate me. That is until friends start making request that you have your celebration two weeks before the actual day of your birth….because you know they have plans to get out of town. Being born too close to Christmas is an inconvenience to your loved ones. Throw a party in June and everyone is there, so why not celebrate your half birthday in June! A birthday party that consist more than you and your best friend—one with at least 10 folks!
Wanna get away? I hope you don’t mind that traveling during your birthday is going to be expensive—its peak travel time. Gas is high, flights are high, accomodatios are going to be high. And even if you did splurge and spend the money, guess who’s not going to be there? Your friends—they can’t spend a weekend with you when there are last minute birthday gifts to be purchased! During the summer you can find great last minute travel deals—half birthday in Italy anyone?
It’s not that I hate the fact that I was born in Decemeber. Come on we get to celebrate with Jesus and Santa. If you plan right, you can hit up all the open bars at the office Christmas parties and turn up all by yourself. If you request your aunt to make your favorite cake she probably will because she is already in a baking mood. And for all the gift cards you will get for your Merry Birthday, you can wait till the day after Christmas to spend it and get more bang for your buck during the after Christmas sale!