Some friends of mine (twins) were born on Christmas day. They admitted that they not only hated splitting a birthday between them, but also doing Christmas on the same day. They always felt like they got the short shrift when it came to presents and celebrations of their special day.
Another friend's birthday is September 11th. She hasn't looked forward to her birthday in the last ten years. Another was being born as JFK was being shot... like at that exact hour (slightly creepy, actually).
The baby I am pregnant with now has a due date of my birthday. I do not mind AT ALL to take a backseat to my child's birthday and making it all about him/her if he/she is born right on the due date. In fact, I'll just quit having birthdays and let him/her have the rest! :-)
Do you know anyone who shares a birthday with someone or was born on a holiday or other important day in history? How do they handle it? Do they do anything different or creative?
My older daughter was born Feb. 13, the day before Valentine's Day and 3 days after her dad's birthday.
My younger daughter was born Dec. 21, obviously right before Christmas, as well as 4 days after my birthday.
So while not exactly sharing birthdays and a holiday, my daughters' birthdays are very close to both.
Older daughter's birthday was not a huge conflict with Valentine's Day as she was growing up, but she has told her boyfriend that he can't give her two-for-one gifts!
For younger daughter, I always make sure to wrap presents in birthday paper (not Christmas paper, as my Mom always did until I said I didn't like that). I also make sure that the birthday celebration and family Christmas activities are distinct and separate, even though a few times they have been the same weekend (depending what day of the week Christmas comes, sometimes as a family we'll celebrate a day or two earlier since that's when everyone can get together). It makes it a little hectic, but she didn't ask to be born that time of the year!
My daughter and I would share a birthday if she had been born 2 hr and 1 minute sooner. We always celebrate together, always have. When it was just the two of us (before I got married and had my son) we would get mani/pedis together, go out to eat and just have a nice day together. Now since there are four of us and we are rather broke we just have a nice little family celebration, usually with pizza and ice cream just the four of us.
My dad and I share a birthday, and I don't think it's ever really been an issue... I'm sure he has "taken a backseat" for me at times, but for as long as I can remember we have both celebrated together. We both blow out the candles, open presents together, etc., and I have never really minded or thought anything of it (maybe because I don't know any different) :-) Actually, I'm really glad that we share a birthday...I don't think I'd like having all the attention on me, haha.
I was born on Halloween. It was great as a kid. Costume parties!
Now that I have kids, my birthday definitely takes a back seat to Halloween. It's fine by me! Seeing how much my kids enjoy the holiday makes me really happy. We just celebrate my b-day another time.
I was born the day after Christmas. We always had a birthday cake and my presents were wrapped in birthday paper, not Christmas. We'd go to a movie, to make the day different from Christmas. I've always sort of enjoyed when my birthday falls because it makes that time of year pretty epic, celebration-wise. :)
The down-side was that I could usually only have one friend over for my actual birthday since everyone was busy with family celebrations. When I was young...probably until 10 years old, or so, we would have an "Un-Birthday" party on June 26th so I could have a celebration with all of my friends. It was usually a pool party. I think my parents handled it pretty well!
My little brother's birthday is new year's eve. He hated it when he was a kid, because me and my older brother would always go out to get drunk and forget about him. Now I spend new year's eve with him sometimes and I'm less bothered about new year's eve anyway, usually a damp squib of a celebration. Better than January 1st I guess!