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7 Things you only know if you have a birthday near Christmas

Text: Ciara Sheppard; Photography: Getty Images

We don’t know why it happened. Was it the love pheromones going into overdrive with the impending winter, perhaps? Either way, somewhere around March and April, our parents decided to get it on (*shudder*) and conceive a child. And as the story goes, nine months later – when the Christmas trees were firmly up and carol singers were doing the rounds – we were born. Thanks for that, parents…

7 Things you only know if you have a birthday near Christmas

Aside from the obvious drawbacks of having a birthday near Christmas – a long, bleak celebration-less year in between and having to share your special time with, oh you know, just billions of other people – there are a few things that only us Christmas babies know…

By the way, if your birthday falls anywhere outside of the 1st December to 25th January, this need not apply to you. “Oh, but mine is in November and that’s kind of close…” you might say. Let us stop you right there. This writer’s birthday is on December 23rd. DECEMBER TWENTY THIRD. “But mine’s in Febru-” Cry us a river, Febzies.

7 Things you only know if you have a birthday near Christmas

The single most annoying question you are asked is “Oh, so do you get joint presents?”

No. And while this might seem like the best way for parents and loved ones to economise for a birthday close to Christmas (hey, we get it, Christmas is an expensive time), what parent is really cold-hearted enough to sit their child down on the morning of their birthday and tell them they haven’t got anything because, remember that “big present” they got for Christmas a week earlier?

7 Things you only know if you have a birthday near Christmas

When you actually get joint presents, it’s really, really annoying

OK, it happens. But if it does, be prepared to feel our wrath. It’s not that our happiness revolves around presents (we’re not that superficial) but don’t discriminate against us because of the time of year our parents decided to forgo contraception. OK?

7 Things you only know if you have a birthday near Christmas

Getting all your friends together for your birthday is harder than Quantum physics

Tip to all Christmas babies: set up that Facebook event in September. December and January is when the world turns into social butterflies and our weekends are booked to the brim with reunions, work Christmas parties and can’t-get-out-of dinners with elderly family members. So it’s no surprise your friends can’t come when you throw a last minute weekend away on them commencing December 18th.

7 Things you only know if you have a birthday near Christmas

The idea of a school day birthday is unfathomable

If you’re part of the close to Christmas club then you’ll have never experienced a term-time birthday. This might seem like a great thing to some people, but deep down we really wish we could have had our class sing happy birthday to us. At least once.

7 Things you only know if you have a birthday near Christmas

Everyone is broke

You might just have to scrimp on the side orders when it comes to your birthday meal out. Everyone is broke in December and January. Fact.

7 Things you only know if you have a birthday near Christmas

You just might get birthday presents wrapped with Christmas wrapping paper

Seriously? This won’t go forgotten.

7 Things you only know if you have a birthday near Christmas

People are in the mood to par-tay

There’s one saving grace to having a birthday close to Christmas, and it’s that EVERYONE is in a good mood and ready to party. So if you can round up your nearest and dearest, you’ve got a fun night ahead.

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