Would you like to share you birthday, or birthday week and celebration with the Christ child? Well, some of us do! And, for some of us, it’s blessing, and for others, it’s a birthday swept under the rug, almost forgotten, and/or dressed in Christmas wrapping.
It’s Brenda Matthews, and I know. Christmas week has always held more ‘meaning’ to me, because I was supposed to be born on Christmas Day. I was also supposed to be a boy. Surprise! I was born on December 28th, 3 days after Christmas and 3 days before New Year’s Day. And…it’s OK!
I’ve always enjoyed my birthday during the holiday week, and to their credit, my folks always made my day special. My birthday was celebrated on the 28th, and with presents wrapped in birthday paper! Now, my cousin Connie, who’s 3 days younger than I, born on the 31st, was an only child. For some reason, her parents, my aunt and uncle, celebrated her birthday on Christmas Day. To this day, she grumbles about this fact – and rightfully so!
When people find out you’re a ‘Christmas baby,’ they always want to know if you feel or felt ‘shortchanged.’ I share with them my story.
Many celebrities also celebrate their birthdays during the holiday week. Per FamousBirthdays.net, here’s a list of some of them:
December21: Ray Romano, Keifer Sutherland
December 22: Robin and Maurice Gibb (BeeGees), Diane Sawyer
December 23: Eddie Vedder, Susan Lucci
December 24: Ava Gardner and Howard Hughes
December 25: Jimmy Buffett, Sissy Spacek, Barbara Mandrell
December 26: Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Phil Spector
December 27: Heather O’Rourke, Gerard Depardieu
December 28: Denzel Washington, Edgar Winter, and yours truly!
December 29: Jude Law, Ted Danson
December 30: Tiger Woods, Julianne Moore
December 31: Val Kilmer, Donna Summer
January 1: Frank Langella (actor), J.Edgar Hoover
Happy Holidays – and just maybe, Happy Birthday!!!!