My ex-wife had a birthday that wasn’t even on Christmas, preceding it by a full two weeks, and she still got a raw deal on gifts. Everyone in her family just combined the two days, giving her a single present meant to cover both, which meant that she got half the stuff per year as her friends/cousins/etc. while growing up. No birthday parties, either, as the family was going to get together later. No birthday cake, but a plate of cookies with one stating “Happy Late Birthday/Christmas!” in icing.
(On the opposite end was my uncle, who has a July 4th birthday. Presents AND fireworks, a guaranteed day off of work.)
Several people in my family were born around Christmas, so I know exactly what you mean.
I think all of us with Christmas-time birthdays should start celebrating our half-birthday in June instead!
My birthday is the 23rd too. I’ve had the following conversation so many fucking times that I hear it in my sleep.
Them: When is your birthday?
Me: December 23rd.
Them: Oh. A Christmas baby!
Them: Did you always get those combined birthday/Christmas presents?
Me: No. I’m Jewish.
Them: Then you’re a Hannukkah baby. Does it suck to have your birthday on Hannukkah?
Me: It doesn’t really matter actually.
Them: Well my friend’s cousin is a Christmas baby and…
Mine is the 20th too. I get a lot of “Birthmas” gifts. My dad always makes sure to get me separate gifts, but I don’t return the favor. His birthday is around Father’s Day and I often get him a combo gift.
My dad’s birthday is January 2nd. That has got to be the easiest day of the year to forget. Everyone’s got holiday fatigue and just doesn’t want to think about one more important day. His own mother forgot one year. Poor guy.
My husband’s is the 28th. He says he never got to have birthday parties because all of his friends were doing family events. Sometimes it works in his favor because he gets something extra awesome as a combo gift (for example, his grandparents bought him a car for his 16th birthday/Christmas. Also, I once surprised him with a Playstation 2 Combo Gift.) But if you lack rich relatives I’m guessing this would really suck.
Well, when I was a kid, I remember stores were an absolute wasteland then. Many stores shut down for inventory after they had their after Christmas sales. Even stores that were open were pretty barren. I got a few more Christmas presents and my parents would usually pick up some extra things during the Christmas shopping time to save for my b-day.
As I got older, I had exams on my birthday ever single year in high school.
In college, we’d all get back to school. Once people bought books and paid tuition…they’d all be broke at the end of January.
Even now as an adult, my birthday pops up right when people are paying their Christmas bills. One year, I ended up paying most of the bill for my birthday lunch.