Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Challenges of being a Christmas Baby

Today's my birthday.  Being born two days after Christmas has always had it's ups and downs.  It is such a busy time of year that often my birthday gets lost in the sauce.  It's not such a big deal now, but as a child it really bugged me.  The worst of course was, "here's something for Christmas and your birthday".   Seriously, one gift. 

And there was there year my Great Aunt made my sister a "doll cake" for her birthday and made my brother a sailboat cake for his birthday and I got..."I just didn't have time to make you a cake this year".  I so wanted a doll cake.

But there have also been some distinct ups to being born in December.  First of all, it is my favorite time of year.  How can I not like celebrating my birthday so near Christmas.  Plus all my siblings are born in April.  So just the fact that I'm not an April baby made me feel special.  Something different. 

My favorite part of being born in December was the story my mother told me.  Back in early 1955, my mother lost her father.  She was very upset at the death of her father who she loved so much.  Soon after though she found out she was pregnant with me.  She always felt that God gave her me to help replace the loss of her father.  And that...has always made me feel special.  (It also didn't hurt that I can a couple weeks early and Dad got to take me as a tax deduction that year!)

And don't worry about the doll cake.  For my 40th Birthday, my dear friend Marlene made sure I had my very own doll cake....all in pink.


  1. Happy Birthday! Glad you got your doll cake for your 40th.
    Wishing Mikey a speedy recovery. What a scary thing. I can't imagine getting that notification of his accident.
    All the best for 2010 to you yours!
    I'll be reading to keep up with him.

  2. Hope you're having a very happy birthday! I learn so much about our family from your blog; I love it! I'm glad Mikey's home and recovering; I'm so glad he was able to be home for Christmas.

    Love you!

  3. Happy Birthday lady! and what a wonderful story your mother gave you. I used to get the "This gift is for Christmas and your birthday", although mine is Jan 1, it seems to all run together. ;)

    I wanted to mention something about the "fig" recipe on my blog: it seems the title said fig, but the body of the recipe said DATES, and they are dates. Hope it didn't cause too much confusion. Thanks, Diana

  4. And, by the way, happy birthday to you!!

    Congratulations on taking the blog leap from your friends and family...somebody's gotta chronicle this stuff!

  5. Lindalou, I swear that I left a Happy Birthday greeting here a few days ago but now I don't see it.

    Is your Mikey doing okay? I think about the two of you often and always with a wish and prayer that you are both doing well.

    Keep me updated because I really do care.

    Hugs, donna

  6. Sweet story about your mom being pregnant with you. :)

    Happy Late Birthday!
    I want a pink cake now. Yum.

  7. Well, bit Birthday wishes to you. We deal with those same issues here. One granddaugher born on Christmas Eve, two of our kids were born one week before Christmas and my DH's birthday is Jan 2nd. We just have lots of birthday parties during December!

  8. Happy Belated Birthday, dear Lindalou! Another shared story ~ my mother was pregnant for me when her mother died ... I was her gift! My father's death was a huge shock ... soon after (my daughter was 3 months old) I too found myself pregnant again, a wonderful gift! This was my son who was in the accident ... do hope Mikey (in my continued prayers for recovery) is on the mend.

  9. Happy Belated Birthday! What a lovely story.
    Sorry to hear about your son, God was looking down on you that day. Glad he is on the road to recovery!
    Best Wishes in the New Year!!!