Are you a "birthday" person?

cailincailin Posts: 897Registered Users
I don't. I've kinda stopped celebrating them all together. But I have friends who start at midnight and don't stop until midnight of the next day. Good for them, I'm happy to join in. I just don't get it, you know?

Do you celebrate every second of your day?


  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    Don't care. I've never taken a day off to celebrate my birthday and I really don't make a big deal out of it.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I don't care to celebrate my birthday because it just doesn't seem like a big deal. It stopped being one after I turned 16. But I must say that I love celebrating and making a big deal out of other people's birthdays. I love giving presents, love taking them out to eat, and love gathering for parties and celebrating happy moments. I've learned though that I need to let other people celebrate mine even if in a much lesser way because it takes away the joy and happiness they feel. It dawned on me not too long ago when my son said it made him feel sad that I don't enjoy my birthday.

    So I'm still not caught up in the fact that it's my birthday and I'm going to get presents but I look forward to spending time with family and friends.
  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    I used to be, but one year I actually celebrated too much, and it wore me out. I finally fell asleep on day three with a pounding headache, and haven't felt the same excitement since.

    I still like to do something special, though. And it's nice to have one's existence acknowledged.
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    I try to avoid them. I have bad luck birthdays. As in, everything usually goes wrong. Since I've been a teenager. From people not showing up to a surprise party, to everyone cancelling our plans one by one at the last minute, to my boyfriend getting stuck at work, or me getting a migraine - its not worth it. I prefer nobody making a big deal out of my birthday. But I usually do a little something BC my kids want to acknowledge it.

    This year boyfriend came home with a couple of flowers and a cake and had the girls help him secretly set up, and called me downstairs so they can sing to me. That was all we did. It was the best birthday. Then the following week we went away for the weekend.

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  • SaraNoHSaraNoH Posts: 827Registered Users
    Nah, we were never big into birthdays, even as kids. It started to lose its appeal to me in about middle school because of the hassle of organizing parties are whatnot. Now we just like to go out for dinner somewhere and call it a day.
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    Yeah, they're not a huge deal to me... But my family likes birthdays, so I try to humor them. :p

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  • AndreaAndrea Posts: 279Registered Users
    I love to celebrate my birthday! In fact, I call it a Birthday month! I love to acknowledge my friends birthdays as well.

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  • SpiralliSpiralli Posts: 3,654Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I just like to have a day of "me" time for my birthday. I want to be home, alone, relaxing, with no one needing anything from me. I don't need fussing with lunches, dinner, presents, etc.
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  • sleepymekosleepymeko Posts: 1,002Registered Users
    I've never been much of a birthday person. The most I do is get a cake (well, my mom usually buys them) and eat out. Afterwards, I just chill. I'm not into partying like a wild animal, etc.

    I think for my 23rd, I just want to maybe get my girlfriends together and go out to eat downtown. And maybe go to a few bars and chill.

    Or maybe get my friends together, make food in the kitchen and watch movies all night. I'm not a hard person to please. I don't need the moon, the sky, and the stars. I'm happy enough with a card from friends too. I don't need gifts, just recognition that it's my birthday (say it once) and that's it.

    I like my birthdays to be relaxing.
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  • sleepymekosleepymeko Posts: 1,002Registered Users
    Speckla wrote: »
    I don't care to celebrate my birthday because it just doesn't seem like a big deal. It stopped being one after I turned 16. But I must say that I love celebrating and making a big deal out of other people's birthdays. I love giving presents, love taking them out to eat, and love gathering for parties and celebrating happy moments. I've learned though that I need to let other people celebrate mine even if in a much lesser way because it takes away the joy and happiness they feel. It dawned on me not too long ago when my son said it made him feel sad that I don't enjoy my birthday.

    So I'm still not caught up in the fact that it's my birthday and I'm going to get presents but I look forward to spending time with family and friends.

    I'm the same way. I get more excited about planning out someone else's birthday. I think it's because you love or care about someone else very much so you just want them to have a great time!
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  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    No I hate birthdays. I've hated them since birth, lol. They've always sucked so I never look forward to them. I usually cry on them too.
  • NejNej Posts: 2,444Registered Users
    Love em!! Day of fun and shennannies!

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  • creativelicensecreativelicense Posts: 422Registered Users
    This will probably make me sound young, but after 21, my birthdays have felt meaningless. (It's like, "Yay I can...still legally buy alcohol").

    My next milestones are: next year when I turn 25, when my car insurance goes down, and when I turn 30, since every makes a big ol' deal about that birthday.

    That said, I like to carve out some time to do something fun for myself. This year, I saw a baseball game and went shopping.
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  • TrenellTrenell Posts: 3,562Registered Users
    YUP!!! Love them.

    Now, while I do enjoy my birthday week, I also love the birthdays of other people. For some reason I get super excited for them as well. :)
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I'm only interested in the cake.
  • Parissy198907Parissy198907 Posts: 479Registered Users
    i hate birthdays. It reminds me of family. I also hate being the center of attention.
  • ttlollattlolla Posts: 948Registered Users
    Nope , not even as a child
  • Chicago KinksChicago Kinks Posts: 2,747Registered Users
    Yep, I'm a birthday person. Birthday's have always been a big deal in our family. My siblings, parents and our children come together for every birthday. On milestone birthdays we have large parties.

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  • LadyV69LadyV69 Posts: 3,397Registered Users
    Sure am. My birthdays were usually acknowledged as a child but they were never celebrated in a big way. I remember feeling cheated because my cousins and some of my classmates had big celebrations while most of the time, the only people around were my immediate family and all I got was cake (my birthday's in August). Since becoming an adult, I've usually celebrated it. Most of the time it's just going out for dinner or for drinks, but I did have a huge party for my 40th. I only make a big deal out of it for the actual day. I don't get people who have to celebrate for the entire month, though. That's extra.
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    I will say I do make a big deal out of my kids birthdays. I decorate the whole house at night while they're sleeping so when they come downstairs there's balloons and streamers and tons of birthday decorations. And then we do birthday stuff as a family all day.

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  • NetGNetG Posts: 8,116Registered Users
    In my family the birthday person gets to pick the meal, which I always enjoy.

    I also use my birthday as an excuse to get together with friends. There are more people I love around than there are hours of the day, so having birthdays as a set excuse to go to dinner and spend time together makes me smile. :)

    My dad coaches a high school aged summer baseball team, and my birthday is right as they're in the season-end tournament. He decided to retire from coaching this year, so I really hope he's not around on my birthday and we'll have a late celebration, because it means they will have made it past regionals if they're not back.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Yes, I usually take off on my bday but didn't have enough days this year so I worked and it kinda sucked. Most of the time I have something big planned. I love birthdays.
  • MoppyTMoppyT Posts: 998Registered Users
    Not really. I can get uncomfortable when other people do nice things for me (weird, I know) so I have never been a big celebrator. Maybe just drinks with a small group of friends at the most.

    I have come to dread my birthday for the past few years, though. There is a bizarre and awkward ritual that takes place at my job for people's birthdays that I hate but cannot change.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yes, I expect my parents and my SO/man in my life to acknowledge my bday w/ some kind of gift or dinner or activity. But I don't expect or want a party or vacation or a weeks worth of events.

    I throw my kids big bday parties. They have November and December bdays we can't ever do backyard or park parties. (And 'm not letting 15 kids in my house w/ punch and food!) So I wind up spending a lot to have them at places. But the kids love them! Really makes them feel special and important LOL

    I have an Aug bday (like Lady V) and I felt kinda cheated bc it was too early to invite school friends and too late to invite camp friends, so it was usually a neighborhood party, either in my neighborhood or overseas if I was visiting my family.

  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    I am definitely a birthday person! As others have said, birthdays were a big deal when I was growing up. Mom and Dad didn't spend a ton of money on our birthdays but they most certainly marked the occasion with a family party and then a friend party. Mom is a great baker, and she would make really cute theme cakes for the friend party, and my grandma would make her famous devil's food cake for my birthday and angel food cakes for my brother's and sister's birthdays. The aunts, uncles, and cousins all came - they didn't give us birthday gifts but we got cards from everyone and they were there to celebrate with us.

    I just have really wonderful memories of childhood birthdays as you can tell. And because of that I still love my birthday. :)

    I tread carefully where others are concerned - I know some people don't really like celebrating their birthdays so I don't go crazy for them. To each their own (as with so many things in life...).

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    It depends on the birthday :) Some years I want to crawl in a hole. Lol

    I've always (kind of) made a big deal about my birthday, but not to the masses. Just to myself. I'll consider it my birthday week (yes, week) but won't really do anything special. I'll pamper myself a bit, relax, and spend time with my Bestie.

    I do love celebrating other peoples birthdays. I like to do something special for them. Plan a party, send flowers, etc...

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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,495Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    since my sister`s birthday is only 6 days after mine, i grew up *sharing* every birthday.

    i stopped celebrating a long time ago when i turned 40, because that`s the day i learned my father had terminal cancer. it also ticked my mother off so much that my sister and i went to Montreal on the long weekend in between our birthdays to be with him instead of going to Toronto to be with her (her birthday is 9 days before mine), that we both just said forget it. she wouldn`t send us cards, call, or acknowledge the days.

    when i was turning 50 2 years ago, my youngest aunt was coming to visit from Calgary and she *insisted* on a party for me and my youngest uncle - his birthday is 2 weeks after mine and we are the same age. we had a family blow-out at Nana`s cottage.

    and when i was at my mom`s on the day of my 50th and she said we`d celebrate my sister`s birthday that day too, i said *no way* - i`m 50 and i`m not sharing that with anyone else!
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    I think every single person should celebrate the day they were born, every year. It is their day. They should celebrate as they choose - big party, family, friends, dinner, movie, alone, walk in the woods, sittin on the porch, reading, napping, whatever they want to do or not do. But everyone should stop for a minute and say "happy birthday to me!".
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