Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Birthday to ME!

Greetings all! I'm off sailing the high seas near Acapulco, Mexico, and undoubtedly enjoying the lovely warm sun!

But since I miss all of you and wish you were here, and it IS my birthday, I thought I'd reprint part of the blog I posted two years ago. It's all about the trials and tribulations of having a birthday close to Christmas.

Another Year Above Ground!

That's what a former boss of mine used to say instead of Happy Birthday. Only within the last few years have I begun to appreciate the significance. And yes, it truly SUX to have your birthday the week before Christmas. First you have to wait ALL YEAR to get any presents, then they all come at once. Second, your birthday gets lost in the shuffle. Parties never come off because everyone is BUSY with the holidays. The weather is crappy (great rationalization to move to the Southern Hemisphere!). Forget anything that's not Christmas themed. My mother was the only person who NEVER wrapped my birthday present in Christmas paper. Sometimes she had to use the comic section of the newspaper, but NEVER Christmas paper.

Finally, DO NOT get me started on the people who try to pull the old "This is your birthday and Christmas present COMBINED" scam! Of course your old Aunty has the perfect cure for that one. I just smile and say, "Really? This is YOUR birthday and Christmas present COMBINED." And when the person looks shocked and says, "But my birthday is in July!" I simply reply, "Too bad."

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all you other December Babies! May you NEVER receive a combined birthday and Christmas present.

8 comments:

Margay said...

Happy Birthday, Auntie Cindy! Hope your special day is the most special of all and your year to come is magical.

Margay

Jane said...

Happy Birthday, Aunty Cindy. I had a birthday this week, too. I'm always getting those birthday-Christmas combo gifts.

Helen said...

Hi Aunty Cindy

I do hope you had a wonderful birthday. I too would hate to have my birthday so close to Christmas my daughter in laws birthday is Christmas Eve and I always give her 2 presents and never wrap her birthday one in Chrissy paper and as you know Corey and Jake had birthdays this week as well and Jayden's birthday is in January so they are all close to Chrissy Hayley is lucky her birthday is in July .

Have Fun
Helen

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

I'm HOME!
Thanx everyone for the bday wishes!

I had THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! It was a gorgeous sunny not-too-hot day in Puerto Vallarta. I sat in a bar called the Cheeky Monkey (the owner is American and obviously a Craig Ferguson fan) overlooking the ocean, drinking margaritas with some friendly people we met on the ship. Wish you all could have been there!

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thanx Bunches, Margay!

I'm really looking forward to 2010! Hope your year is very special too.

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Happy Belated Birthday to YOU, Jane!

Hope you are keeping warm in that snowstorm that hit NYC a few days ago. I really DO use that "this is YOUR bday-Xmas gift, too" routine. Works like a charm! ;-)

AC

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Helen!
I knew your family had a lot of December birthdays. At least it is WARM in your part of the world and you can have a FUN OUTDOOR party!

Please give all your beautiful grandbabies a BIG HUG from their Aunty Cindy!

AC

TerriOsburn said...

Oh no! I missed your birthday. So sorry. But I can totally commiserate, having a birthday on New Years Eve. I used to think that Xmas/Birthday gift combined thing was the worst, but now I don't get presents on either day unless I buy them myself. LOL!

Though that means I always get what I want, so that's a nice perk.

Happy (Belated) Birthday!!!