How Do You Celebrate Birthdays?

This week's Friday Fascinations are in honor of Samantha Warren's birthday. I hope you've been participating in her scavenger hunt. You can find the sixth, and final, day's questions here.

While you've been hunting the blogs for answers to Samantha's questions, I have hunted the net for special birthday fascinations.

Have you ever wondered about who had the first birthday or the first birthday cake? Learn a little about the history of birthdays and candles on the cake here.

I love weird facts. This collection of weird birthday facts includes the most expensive birthday celebration (US $27.2 million!); how far a snail has moved during the last year of your life; and how old you'd be by the time you reached a trillion if you spent 24 hours a day counting!

Need birthday gift ideas? We're talking some serious bling – mortgage your house serious! These gifts will definitely cause a sparkle in the eye of the receiver. How about a 125 caret teddy bear?

golden teddy bear

Steiff North America

You've heard the expression, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. Well, I don't think the person who bought this pudding for his 60th birthday believed the old saying!
a pudding worth it's weight in gold?

If you prefer cake, here’s a glittery one by the Cake Boss. Just don’t swallow the bling!
birthday cake with bling

And don’t forget to plan a birthday bash. Talk about lifestyles of the rich and famous! Get a taste of over-the-top birthday parties here.

Seriously, I don't get the need to spend many fortunes on a birthday party. A birthday should be a celebration of the birthday person – not the bling or things. In my opinion, time with friends and family who get what's special about you make the very best birthdays. Cake and gifts are, if you pardon the expression, icing on the cake.

So my wish for all of you celebrating birthdays this month is for at you to spend at least a few minutes on your day to celebrate the specialness of being you.

Happy Birthday to all who have December birthdays! And a special shout out of special birthday wishes to my BFF, Jan, and my son.

Oh, and I most definitely cannot forget — Happy Birthday, Samantha!