December 15 – The Holiday Happenings!
Often times December to mid-January birthdays and anniversaries get over shadowed by the Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year holidays. So we’re going to shine a spotlight on those family members and ancestors this time around. Select one or more December to mid-January birthdays and/or anniversaries on your family tree. Write a short tribute to or memory of those birthday guys and gals and write a toast to the anniversary couples.
As I go through my tree I see quite a few people with birthdays and even some anniversaries during the December - January time frame. One of my kids falls into that, with a December birthday. I also have a friend whose birthday is ON Christmas Day. A new baby might be a neat Christmas surprise for a family, but I've gotta think it's a lousy day to have a birthday, growing up. Never at school to bring treats and have a party, always overshadowed by the holiday itself. Only one special gift day every year, rather than two, even if you might get extra gifts on that day.
For my son we do go out of the way to make an extra celebration for his birthday, and don't let it get blended into the holidays. He's always had a separate birthday party with guests and cake and people visiting.
So, to my middle child, a toast! You are special! We remember your birthday, and refuse to let it get lost in the shuffle. May you always have friends and family who share your special day with you. Your patience is rewarded with a double-whammy of good times at the end of the year.
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