I don’t recall the first time I was shown sympathy because of my birth date but at least once every year someone will always comment on its “unfortunate timing”. As a child I always thought this date must be a bad thing though I was completely oblivious as to why.

I disagree. Having a birthday a few days before Christmas is quite exciting because the air is filled with a great buzz of anticipation with everyone in a happy and joyous mood. The date is easier to remember and very often falls on a Christmas event where all the merry attendants – strangers or not – delight in singing you “Happy Birthday” and insist they buy you a Birthday AND a Christmas drink.

So to those who insist I must be deprived – not so. A birthday in this period is like a Christmas Entree.





“My Birthday! What a different sound that word had in my youthful ear.” – Thomas More