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Old 11-06-2019, 09:08 PM
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Best/worst holiday to have a birthday?


One of my friends will be a father in March, and the due date is March 17. We had a conversation today whether that's a good or bad day to have a birthday. From your experience or those of your friends, what holidays are fun to have as birthdays? What holidays make awful days to have birthdays?
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What holiday falls on March 17th?
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St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is my birthday. It’s a great day to be born! As I routinely tell people, “everybody parties on my birthday.” People will be glad to buy you drinks and make toasts in your honor.

The only real drawback is that you have to share your birthday with Rob Lowe.
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What holiday falls on March 17th?
St. Patrick's Day.

My sister-in-law has a birthday on December 25. She hates it.

The old man has his on July 4. The only thing that's bothered him about it is he won't go to watch fireworks because of his experience in Vietnam. At least he used to be like that. I haven't seen him on his birthday for quite awhile.
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St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is my birthday. It’s a great day to be born! As I routinely tell people, “everybody parties on my birthday.” People will be glad to buy you drinks and make toasts in your honor.
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Old 11-06-2019, 09:24 PM
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I have a friend whose birthday is on Halloween. She said, as a kid, she always had a costumed "haunted house" birthday party with lots of candy.

I also have a young cousin (twice removed) who was born on July 4th. He thinks the fireworks are all for him.

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Old 11-06-2019, 09:32 PM
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Christmas isn't great. I've got Xmas eve twins. Not only is it overshadowed, but worse is that most of their buddies are on vacation or caught up in family time on the 24th. Sucks for a bday party the day of

We celebrate birthdays on 24 Dec. Xmas is pretty low key in our house.
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Christmas isn't great. I've got Xmas eve twins. Not only is it overshadowed, but worse is that most of their buddies are on vacation or caught up in family time on the 24th. Sucks for a bday party the day of

We celebrate birthdays on 24 Dec. Xmas is pretty low key in our house.
I imagine Christmas would be the worst, for the reasons you mentioned.

Mainly, as a kid, you don’t get a separate day for gifts, other than your Christmas haul.

And people are with their families, so getting them to come spend time with you is inherently difficult, if only because lots of people are on vacation or out of town.
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Well, Jesus was always miffed that his birthday fell on Xmas.
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Old 11-06-2019, 10:52 PM
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My father in law was born on Christmas.

On the good side, his kids were more likely to come into town for "Christmas" than for "Dad's birthday."

On the minus side, his actual birthday celebration was pretty much limited to having birthday cake after a massive Christmas dinner. No one ever said "Let's take Dad out to the one Chinese restaurant in town that's open for a birthday dinner." Even the birthday cake was day old if my mother in law had to get a store-bought one on Christmas Eve because there was too much other baking to do.

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My son was due March 16 and I joked that I'd keep my legs crossed until the next day if I started to feel contractions. Alas, he was born March 18 , so just missed.

My own birthday is close to Halloween and I enjoyed that as a kid. Pumpkin-flavored birthday cake, black cat decorations, plenty of candy, cheerful kids...what's not to like?
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:36 PM
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Mine's November 25th, which is always within a week of Thanksgiving. When I was a kid, I could get three birthday parties if I was lucky--one at school in the three days before Thanksgiving, cake & presents at my grandparents' house on Thanksgiving, and then a party with my friends on the next Saturday.

A friend of mine was born December 24th; she said she never had a birthday party in her life.

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My birthday is the day after my brother's. We always had a joint party, which really sucked, especially with a 3-year gap between our ages.
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:16 AM
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My father's a leap year baby, February 29th, so that sucks 3 years out of 4.
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:25 AM
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Mine falls in the span where Election Day (USA) is possible. As a result, I got off from school a couple of times during my youth.
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My late Uncle Cliff's birthday was on January 1. He used to think the fireworks were for him. Even now, more than 10 years after his death, after the countdown, we go, "HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UNCLE CLIFF!"
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My mother was born near Christmas. My father was born when Father's Day could be. And my parents anniversay is one day before my father's birthday. So all three are in the same week.
I joke that it makes it so I only need to make 3 phone calls. Father's birthday/Father's Day/Anniversay, Christmas/Monther's Birthday and Mother's Day.
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My birthday is on Halloween. It’s always been a real hoot.
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Old 11-07-2019, 09:31 AM
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What holiday falls on March 17th?
In Boston, March 17th is Evacuation Day, celebrating the day during the Revolutionary War that the British evacuated from Boston. It's a city holiday (only celebrated in a few other close by cities) and it's completely coincidental that it falls on St Patrick's Day.

My birthday falls on or around Columbus Day, which means I often have a long weekend for my birthday but since it's not a present giving holiday it works great for me.
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One of my sisters was born on July 4th. To the best of my knowledge, it's basically been a non-issue for her.

A brother in law was has a birthday during the last week of December and he was always very slightly bummed by it.
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For a while, my birthday fell on Easter Sunday every 11 years; no big deal.
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*Checks User Name* Yeah, An Xmas B-day is the pits.

Everyone opens gifts on YOUR Birthday
People avoid you on your birthday to regift their Xmas presents.
You get wished a Merry Christmas. And, oh yeah, Happy Birthday.
You don't get a special Birthday meal and your Birthday cake is always red and green.

I tell people I don't celebrate Channukah (which starts this year on the 22th) or Christmas. If they ask me "Well, what do your celebrate" I say very loudly "MY BIRFDAY!"

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My youngest brother was born in December 23rd. Often his birthday party consists of just me (since I usually go home for Christmas) and my mother. It's always an annual ritual for my mother to tell the story of how she had to spend Christmas in the hospital because of his arrival, and my father brought me and their other four kids to stand in the snow outside and wave to her in the window.

Another brother's birthday occasionally falls on Thanksgiving, and even when it doesn't we usually celebrate it then because we're all together.

I would certainly think the best holidays to have a birthday would be Fourth of July, St. Patrick's Day, and Halloween.
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Old 11-07-2019, 11:10 AM
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My mother was born on December 24th. She hated having it that day. Her siblings always got birthday and Christmas gifts, she generally only received Christmas gifts and one would be called her birthday present. As us kids grew older, Christmas Eve was always Mom's birthday, not Christmas Eve.
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I would certainly think the best holidays to have a birthday would be Fourth of July, St. Patrick's Day, and Halloween.
As a child, those with summer birthday never get school birthday parties and all their friends are away for the summer. My husband's half birthday is on the Fourth of July, so neither his actual birthday or his half birthday were good for school-related parties plus everyone was partied out after Christmas and New Year's Eve.

October 31st is really good birthday here as November 1st is a holiday.

My birthday is close to St. Patrick's Day, but late enough it is never on Ash Wednesday.

Another bad day for a birthday? A day that is too close to a sibling's birthday. They will be combined, even if there's a large difference in age.
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Back when I went to elementary school, there was a kid whose birthday was December 24th. His family decided to celebrate his half-birthday instead, so he got a birthday party at the end of June. I always thought that was a nice idea for handling it.
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Mine's April 4 so it tends to fall right around Easter. Normally it was good because I got presents and a cake and heaps of candy! Unless it fell on Good Friday because my parents were really strict about the whole being miserable on Good Friday thing and it meant I'd have to wait until Saturday to have any of the good stuff.

One of my brothers' birthday is May 29 so our parents would always tease him that he wasn't getting any presents because having a day off from school was enough of a present. It worked for a few years until he got wise to them. Yes, he got presents and a party anyway.
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St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is my birthday. It’s a great day to be born! As I routinely tell people, “everybody parties on my birthday.” People will be glad to buy you drinks and make toasts in your honor.

The only real drawback is that you have to share your birthday with Rob Lowe.
Christopher on The Sopranos was shot and had a near-death experience. He dreamed Hell was an Irish bar and every day was St. Paddy's Day.
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For a while, my birthday fell on Easter Sunday every 11 years; no big deal.
Side note.. I was wondering the longest amount of "every 11 years" for Easter would be.
The most I could find was four. April 12th was Easter on 1903, 1914, 1925 and 1936. Three is more common. For example:
April 10: 1955, 1966, 1977
April 11: 1971, 1982, 1993

And I'm not interested enough to find others.
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Another bad day for a birthday? A day that is too close to a sibling's birthday. They will be combined, even if there's a large difference in age.
My nephew's four kids (10, 5, and a pair of 2 year old twins) have birthdays within two weeks of one another. They each get their own family birthday party, and also a big birthday party with extended family and friends for all of them together on a weekend somewhere within those two weeks. Each of them, including each of the twins, gets their own individual different cake at the combined birthday.

My brother's wife and her twin sister, who lives next door to them, have their birthday on July 5. So they often celebrate a joint birthday on the Fourth.

(One of my cousins has seven kids, including three pairs of twins. What a way to economize on birthday parties!)

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Side note.. I was wondering the longest amount of "every 11 years" for Easter would be.
The most I could find was four. April 12th was Easter on 1903, 1914, 1925 and 1936. Three is more common. For example:
April 10: 1955, 1966, 1977
April 11: 1971, 1982, 1993

And I'm not interested enough to find others.
You missed Easter 2004 for April 11, then it skips to 2066. Wake me when it gets here, would you, please? Thanks.
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My birthday is in late August just before school started. On the minus side: many of my friends were off with their parents for one last vacation. It also made me the youngest person in my class which kind of sucked back then (not now!). Plus side: the county fair was always scheduled the week of my birthday and it was just across the street.
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My birthday is September 3rd. I like having a long weekend right next to my birthday (Labor Day).
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Mine occasionally falls on MLK day. Regardless, I always celebrate it over that three day weekend. Admittedly, January birthdays suck, it’s often the coldest day of the year in Chicago
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I would think Christmas and New Years both kinda suck; I know people with both and none of them have really good feelings for it.

On the good side a friend is July 4th. Imagine any time your birthday comes around there are cook-outs, fireworks, relatives maybe visiting who can get guilted into presents. He really seemed to dog it all.
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Mine's very close to, though not quite on, Valentine's day. Irrelevant as a kid, annoying as an adult; want to go out for dinner with a group of friends? Oh, sorry, we're doing our special couples' menu only and fully booked...

My cousin's husband shares a birthday with his sister- Jan 1st. Efficient partying.
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I was born on traditional US Memorial Day - May 30. It really hasn't been an issue in my life.
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Mine falls around (US) Memorial Day weekend. Kind of nice. If it fell on the Friday before, that was not fun. The main duties of that day were school and then packing for going up to the cabin for the weekend. Then, hopefully, in all the folderol, my parents would remember my existence and stop somewhere for ice cream on our way out of town.

My daughter's birthday is in early December. We made a rule that XMas was not to intrude into her day, so no decorations up until the day after. She was having a crisis yesterday - they received a bunch of snow, she was starting to feel Xmassy, but didn't want to decorate yet. She finally decided to put up her little 2' Disney decorated tree, but nothing else. Weird woman.
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My older daughter is a New Year's Eve baby, and it's got three things going for it:

1) At birth, we got a year's worth of tax deductions for nine hour's worth of expenses.
2) During these young years, when she has a birthday slumber party, other parents practically weep with gratitude that they get to be child-free on New Year's Eve.
3) When she's older, *everyone* will want to have a party on her birthday.
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I would think Christmas and New Years both kinda suck; I know people with both and none of them have really good feelings for it.

On the good side a friend is July 4th. Imagine any time your birthday comes around there are cook-outs, fireworks, relatives maybe visiting who can get guilted into presents. He really seemed to dog it all.
My late best friend was born on July 4. I always honor his memory by keeping it about him.
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My grandson (now almost 6) was born on December 25. We've always celebrated his birthday on February 2 (Groundhog's Day). He thinks that's normal. He knows he gets older on December 25 and the celebration is later. I highly recommend this "solution" to the Christmas birthday dilemma.
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My brother and I were both conceived on New Year's Eve, 3 years apart. Apparently, my father wouldn't perform unless he had a few drinks in him. And NYE was the only time he drank.

Fast-forward: joint birthday parties.
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Not a holiday, but my Dad was born on February 29. We'd celebrate on the 28th on the "off" years and made sure birthdays on an actual 29th were special.

Although he lived to 96, he only celebrated 24 birthdays.
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One of my brothers was born right before Christmas, and always got screwed out of gifts/parties.
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If you're an observant Jew, Passover sucks for a birthday, because Kosher-for-Passover cakes are bad. (Though they've gotten better over the years.) My second son has this circumstance.
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My birthday is November 11--Veterans Day.
I've always had a day off from school and a parade on my birthday. Yay me! When I was a kid, I thought everyone had the same.
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