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Celebrating A December Birthday

Updated on November 18, 2014
Celebrating a December birthday will mean so much to the birthday person.
Celebrating a December birthday will mean so much to the birthday person. | Source

Books On Celebrating Birthdays

A birthday in December is a little tough to celebrate. The holiday events prioritize the list of things to do, places to go, gifts to buy, people to see, and if your birthday gets placed in there somewhere, consider yourself fortunate. The birthday person would never want to impose upon important events or split personal schedules to take time to celebrate.

Being a December birthday person myself, as a child I never expected too much. I can remember a celebration or two, presents, a cake some years, and nice cards given by family and friends. Did I mention that my parents had eight children? Yes, you can imagine how hard it would be to celebrate each child's birthday. It was enough to have a quick dinner together that day and express a greeting to the special birthday person.

Although, I would like to mention that through the years, I have come out on top and understand what's more important in relationships and celebrations. I remember my mom saying "I would just love to have my family around me and that's all I need" in response to our questions for birthday gift ideas. I always thought she was just being nice. Now that I am in that role, I see that it's the truth. What more can you want than health and the love of family and friends to complete you? This truth has come to embrace my outlook of living especially on my birthdays. I guess you can say it was given to me or gifted to me through my parents.

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A Snowman cake is perfect for birthdays during this season.
A Snowman cake is perfect for birthdays during this season. | Source

Famous December Birthday People

Lou Rawls 12/1

Kirk Douglas 12/9

Bobby Flay 12/10

Frank Sinatra 12/12

Steven Spielberg 12/18

Diane Sawyer 12/22

Life Life With Meaning!

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. —Voltaire

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. —Oprah Winfrey

All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much. —George Harrison

"How far that little candle throws his beams!" —Shakespeare

"Grow old along with me the best is yet to be." —Robert Browning

How To Celebrate A December Birthday

So what am I saying here? You can celebrate December birthdays with style!

  • If you are the birthday person, why not give a party in conjunction with the season? Decorate your home, bake or provide holiday foods or treats, provide some fun prizes (or small gifts for each person) and invite those you would like to spend some time with during this season. This is a great way to catch up on what's happening in other peoples lives, to share your home, and personal life happenings. You don't have to mention it's your birthday but it's OK to do so and express how much you would love to have them with you on this day.
  • Again as the birthday celebrity, celebrating your birthday can be a solo event like going to a movie. What about going out to your favorite restaurant? How about ordering in a pizza or Chinese food? Play your favorite music all day, do a special celebration dance (a bit corny, right?). I know some people who buy themselves a little something extra to observe their special day. This may seem a bit lonely; nevertheless, it's all in your perspective of life... you were born and want to remember this gift.
  • If you are trying to remember a December birthday person with something special, time spent with someone is always valued. I have a friend who takes me out for tea and spends a day just chatting. We have hours of great fun sharing personal events, family updates, goals and dreams. My husband and I always watch a special Christmas movie, share a bowl of popcorn, and make our special wings recipe as a quiet evening celebration. Remember this month is packed with events and a little time to just get away and breathe is therapy!
  • Never underestimate the birthday phone call. We have facebook, twitter, email and other social media to post a friendly greeting but a personal call is priceless. I get a number of calls and the traditional "Happy Birthday" song sung to me (the attempts are hilarious and silly at times) every year that really puts a smile in my day. Along with that, a card sent with a written personal greeting inside always goes straight to the heart.
  • Of course a birthday party in honor of the person is wonderful and can be part of the holiday celebrations. The decorations add to the moment and enhance the setting to promote good spirits and festivity. If you want to make it a little more personal, have a cake with their name on it and wrap presents in birthday paper.

A December birthday is an opportunity to celebrate the season and give of yourself in special ways. Whether you are the birthday person or celebrating someone's birthday, it's an opportunity to expand the joy of the season! And, if you are a December birthday person, "Happy Birthday!"

Go Ahead and Celebrate!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      So true! The December birthday is both a blessing and a problem. I have a granddaughter with a December birthday and another with a June birthday. I have had to make and effort to recognize both equally, and it is often difficult as I always have more money in June to spend on birthdays than in December!

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      aslaught 5 years ago from Alabama

      I can relate. My husband's birthday is Dec. 15th. I tried to make it special for him by having the family come over for a small cake and dinner. We kept gifts small and useful, but I know he enjoyed his day. Of course, he was 57, but I believe everyone needs to be recognized on their day. My birthday is Jan 10th, so everyone is broke by my day!

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      teaches12345 5 years ago

      Rebccam this is so true. The money is scarce in Dec. and coming up with good alternatives takes some work. Although, December birthdays can be integrated into the festivities and made special.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Aslaught, "Happy Birthday" to your husband! Sounds like you've done a great thing and sure he appreciated the effort. It's about caring and expressing it to others. Hope your January birthday is the best ever (yes, it is also slim pickings!).

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Nice ideas. Yes,December birthdays should be celebrated in a special way. It is the thought that counts. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Vellur, thanks for contributing to the hub. December is a great month for birthdays and the season adds to the celebration.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Happy Belated Birthday! My brother-in-law has a December birthday. Mine is January. So, my husband says that between November (our anniversary) to February (V-Day), it's my season.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      That is so sweet of your hubby!! Enjoy your days of celebration. You certainly have lots of accents to it!!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I would go for spending time with a person I value for...hehehehhe that would be my first choice...but then all the other choices are great too! This hub gives a different perspective to birthdays celebrated on a December...thumbs up! :)

      Love and light,

      Michelle

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks ripplemaker for reading through the hub. Yes, I agree with you, it is also spending time with someone you love that makes it a wonderful celebration!

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      proudmamma 5 years ago

      The title caught my eye.....I was born five days before Christmas. My grandson was born on December 13. I've always made sure I spoiled my grandson even though he has a December birthday. The one thing I remember growing up was hearing 'here's your birthday and Christmas gift'. I did not want this for him. However, my idea of a special birthday is just spending it with the ones I love.

      I also have a teenage son who was born on January 12. So I feel the crunch after Christmas, as well.

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      jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

      My nephew's birthday is on 30th December. I always felt sorry for him as Christmas had just gone and people are always busy getting ready for the New Year celebrations. I always like to make a bit of an effort. Last year we iced a huge cake in the shape of a football and took it to him and played FIFA on the xbox all day. (yes he is a huge football fan!). I always wrap his presents in birthday paper, as it doesn't seem right to wrap them in Christmas paper. Thanks for an interesting hub and the tips you share.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Your nephew is blessed with people who care about him in special ways. You have the right idea in making the day stand out from the holiday season. Thanks for the comments and for stopping in.

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      Hi teaches12345. I have a cousin that has a birthday on December 24th. We combined parties for her to include both a birthday and Christmas theme on the same night, and we always had a great time. On another note, you are so right about the birthday phone call. Sure, we all have Facebook and all of our other social media outlets, but it is not the same as the personal touch only a phone call can produce. Thanks for posting this. Vote up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hello JamesPoppell! Glad to hear how you honor your cousin who I would imagine appreciates the gesture. Yes, a phone call is so wonderful, not just for Christmas, and with the new face-to-face features it's almost like being there with them. Thanks for the comment and visit.

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      Debbie Roberts 5 years ago from Greece

      Having a birthday around Christmas can be a bummer as a child, especially when people give you one present for birthday and Christmas. Now as an adult I really enjoy it and couldn't imagine having a birthday at any other time of the year.I would probably be classed as a solo celebrator!!

      I love the twinkle of Christmas and the rule is that the decorations have to be up before my birthday. Then I'm content doing nothing except having an easy day, which is a rarity. In the evening I like to lounge in front of the open fire, eating treats and watching films of my choice. I do let the family watch too and maybe I'll share the treats too.

      A useful hub for people who know people with December birhdays!!

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Great pieces of advice, as always! Voting this up and useful! My daughter's birthday is actually December 29, so it's right smack in the middle of Christmas and New Year. While some people think it's actually not a good time to have a birthday party, to me, it's really fab! Imagine, we do not need to wait for one week for New Year to have tons of fun after Christmas! :) Christmas decorations definitely make our house look quite festive for her birthday. To add to that, I also make a few disposable decorations myself. I just make sure that everything is personalized and can be enjoyed by her and her friends.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      December is the best time for bithdays for reasons you have mentioned. With all the holiday excitement, it does seem like the season celebrates a birthday every day! Your daughter can probably attest to that. Thanks for the excitement and visit.

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      billips 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Any birthday is reason to celebrate, and December birthdays certainly do fall in the most festive of seasons - I think December children must feel especially blessed - my birthday falls on a holiday when the night is full of fire works and parties - until I was four, I thought everyone was celebrating for me - I hope all those December babies feel as special as they are - B .

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Billips, you gave me a good chuckle with your fire works celebration remark. I could see where you would think it was all for you. Holiday birthdays make for great celebrations. Thanks for the support and visit. Have a great day!

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      What a nice hub. I have always thought that a December birthday would be a drag, but I love your idea of decorating for the season. Voted up all the way!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      The season does make for a festive celebration. Thanks for your support, Skarlet. I enjoy your visits.

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      Rachael Cleveland 4 years ago from Woodbridge, VA

      Great points! Although I am a December baby too, my birthday falls early enough (12/2) that I had ample time for celebration.

      On the other hand, my little sister who was born on January 4th DEFINITELY has the bad hand: people travel away from the holidays, everyone's broke and exhausted, and school usually starts back up right around that time frame (Often ON the 4th).

      Thanks for sharing! I found this very useful and interesting. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I do feel sorry for your sister. I am sure, as I discovered, that she has adjusted to the fact and celebrates in special ways. RMcleve, I thank you for visiting the hub and making a such an insightful contribution. Glad you enjoyed the read. Blessings.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      ...and remember to go out shopping for half off gifts and Christmas wrapping paper after Christmas. Wrap these gifts up (in Christmas wrap) and give them to people for their birthdays throughout the year saying, "This is for Christmas and Birthday both!" LOL! Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey, Debbie. I just saw that you had left this comment and I don't know why I never got notice of it. So sorry. It's almost time to celebrate your birthday again! I also love the Christmas decorations to be up before my birthday. And, like you, if I just spend the day watching the lights and viewing the decorations -- I am happy. You have my permission to not share the treats! Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a commment. Have a good one.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Proudmamma, I just saw this comment was unanswered and I don't know why I never got the notice ont his. Anyway, please forgive me. You were born at an exciting time of year and can celebrate in style! I guess your family is blessed to all have a birthday around this festive holiday. Hope you have a good one this year! Thanks for coming in to visit. Take care and Happy Mother's Day!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, James. I don't know if you ever got a response from me on this hub. For some reason, I have not received notice on them. Anyway, glad you came by and left such a great contribution to the topic. Great family that cared to celebrate a cousins' birthday with style! You have a great weekend with family.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello, Suzanne! You know you reminded me that they do have specials in July for those early Christmas/Birthday shoppers. I may have to do that soon. I love your idea on combining the gifts...LOL, indeed! Thanks for your visit and support. Have a great weekend and stay safe.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      So you are one of eight children in your family! I'll bet that it was never boring around your family home! No wonder you have such good advice to share about many family related things in addition to your teaching advice. To be surrounded by family and/or friends is the greatest gift of all. I totally understand your thinking. Enjoyed this hub and voting it up and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Never a boring moment around the house is an understatement, it was a circus! Yes, I think I had a wide view of life through many siblings. Thanks for your visit, Peggy. Enjoyed your chat. Be well and safe this week, my friend.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great suggestions! My birthday is Dec 3rd and I was never neglected. My niece's is the 23rd, and her parents have always made a special effort to have a separate birthday party for her with separate presents. Last year, my niece and I had a joint family birthday party, which saved some time for everybody during a busy month. Enjoyed your hub. Good ideas and well written. Many votes!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Victoria, it's those special efforts made by family that make for a loving relationship through the years. Glad to hear how wonderful your family is in this respect. Thanks for taking time to come in here, your comment and the votes. Have a great 4th celebration!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Luckily my daughter's birthday is in early December so it's just far enough away from Christmas to be ok. The only problem is she gets so many gifts between the 2 celebrations. Great suggestions!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hello Glimmer! That's the beauty of a December birthday, it does have it's benefits!

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      Peter V 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Great ideas! I knew a family who had twins that were born on the 28th or so of December and I always wondered if they even had time to celebrate their birthdays with Christmas and new years so close on either side!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Let's hope that they did, twins especially need to be celebrated! Thanks for stopping by here, Internpete. You be careful out there!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      We have four December birthdays in our family, and we do try to make them as special as possible. Even though they wind up getting celebrated together (just like the October birthdays are celebrated together), we do try to keep the birthday celebration separate from the holiday festivities. Even when we celebrate on the same day, we finish the birthdays before going on to the holiday, like you mentioned in your last suggestion.

      A suggestion: one year, we celebrated a birthday in June. Why not? You can be just as happy to be be 10 /2 as you can being 11.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Millionaire, I like your idea of celebrating a holiday birthday during summer. It would make it fun and highlight the person's individuality. I also agree that if you have several December birthdays (or any other month), having one big birthday celebration is fun. I enjoyed your visit here!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Dianna, nice hub and it's nice that you actually enjoy being with those you love on your birthday. My mam has a birthday just after Christmas and when she used to open her Christmas gift, her mam used to say "that's your birthday present as well, mind you!" I always make a fuss of my mam on her birthday because of this - we are all so wrapped up in Christmas that it's easy to neglect our friends and family with December birthdays - my friend's is on 22nd as well but she goes out of her way to make sure she celebrates it :o)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jools, so good of you to remember your mam with a special celebration especially made for her. It does make a difference and is a way to connect with love. Merry Christmas and thanks for the support.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      So we share the same month, but did I miss what day yours is? Mine's the 14th. Falling right in the middle of the month usually means that everyone's social calendar is packed out with pre-Christmas festivities that need to be prepared for and attended before the big family week arrives. That has helped me get to a place where I really enjoy a quiet day solo amid all the holiday the busyness. It's a great excuse to check out of it all--"Nope, sorry, can't do that, it's my birthday!" :) Neat to see so many others responding here with birthdays in December.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      RTalloni, I was born a week before Christmas. My mother thought I would be a Christmas Day baby, but that didn't happen. As it was, I had very, very few parties on my day, but still I learned to enjoy the Christmas season that falls around it. LIke you say, the opportunity to take a single day during this season to celebrate is always a welcome break. Thanks for stopping in here and leaving such a great comment. By the way, Happy Belated Birthday!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I can totally relate to this Hub. Thanks for the great tips. My son and daughter were both born a week after Christmas, a year apart. It's very difficult having parties for them. No one comes. I've had chocolate fountains, shrimp platters, you name it. It sits here until we eat it all ourselves. It's very sad in a way. One year, we finally were able to convince my cousins to come with their two little ones. I had a pinata. That was the most fun we had ever! The kids loved it. It's been my experience that people are burnt out from the holidays, or they are getting ready for New Years. So they can't fit us in their schedule. So now we just make our own fun and not dwell on the parties too much.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hello Crafty! So sorry for the delay in answering your post. I have been far too busy this holiday season. I love how you have turned the celebrations into a private party of fun for you and your children. I never had a party until into my adult years. Now, my hubby makes it a very special day for just the two of us. Have a wonderful year, dear friend. Blessings!

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