http://www.samantha-warren.com/p/scavenger-hunt.html

We’re celebrating Samantha Warren’s birthday this week with a scavenger hunt amongst participating blogs.  You go to her site where each day she asks a question.  You go to the appropriate blog and find the answer.  There will be daily prizes, a grand prize of a Kindle, and lots of fun.  

Samantha and I have something in common: December birthdays! December birthdays have challenges that some people see as extremely negative.  They see that Hanukkah and Christmas and Kwanzaa take way from the specialness of their birthday. I respectfully disagree.  

Here are some reasons I am grateful for a December birthday:

  • As anticipation for Christmas grows, so does your anticipation for your birthday
  • No one has ever given me a partridge in a pear tree
  • Everyone remembers your birthday month
  • December has THE BEST shopping 
  • No one gives me underwear for my birthday (or socks or ties)
  • You get cake and cookies, chocolates and eggnog, and cookies and eggnog, and cookies and …
  • Your parents/friends feel bad for forgetting your birthday and buy guilt gifts
  • You can party ALL month long
  • You know who your real friends are – they come to celebrate your birthday
  • You can buy yourself the BEST presents during holiday sales
  • Skating parties are cool
  • If you don’t get it for your birthday, you’ll get it for Christmas (or vise versa for those whose birthday is after Christmas)

Yes, there are challenges to having your birthday in the month of December. Those challenges increase the close your birthday is to the actual holiday. My birthday is the week of Christmas. But I rarely felt cheated. I was fortunate in that my family always found a way to make me feel special on my day. Then, came the day when my son was born nearly a month late and just four days before Christmas.

Well, I’ve got to tell you, it was the best birthday and Christmas Combo gift I’ve ever gotten.

The best gift

That I ever got

Didn’t really weigh a lot

It didn’t have a ribbon ’round

And it sometimes made the terrible sound

The best of all it seems to me

It wasn’t neath the Christmas tree

And yet, I guess I’d have to say

That it made all the other presents twice as gay

The best gift that I’ve ever known

I’d always wanted most to own

Yet in my dreams of sugar and spice

I never thought it could be so nice

The best gift that I ever get

Was sometimes dry and sometimes wet

Was usually pink but oftentimes red

As it lay so innocently in its bed

The best gift of the year to me

The one I hold most dear to me

A gift that simply drove me wild

Was a tiny new born child…

lyrics by Barbra Streisand

Warmest wishes to Samantha, myself, my son, and my good friend, Jan. Happy Birthday!

How about you? What positives can you say about a December birthday?

And remember, use the Scavenger hunt icon in the side bar to visit Samantha Warren’s site and participate, you might win a Kindle!