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25 Reasons It Sucks To Have A Christmas Birthday

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My mother was a Christmas baby. That’s right, she was born on December 25th. She spent 83 years celebrating her birthday on Christmas Day. For the latter part of her life, my family tried hard to keep her birthday “separate” from Christmas, and make her birthday a special thing. No matter how hard we tried though, it was inevitable that her special day got lost in the celebrations and excitement of the Yuletide holiday.

My mother faced every one of these situations at least once in her 83 years of celebrating a Christmas Birthday. She was always a great sport about it though, and never let any of these things get her down. She still loved celebrating her Christmas Birthday any way she could!


  • The Christmas Day you are born, your parents consider you a special gift from Santa, and ponder naming you Noelle, Holly, Joy, Eve or Carol. My mother almost became “Noelle” – until my grandparents came to their senses.
  • Some how, years later, that day you were once considered a special gift from Santa, turns into “that day you ruined your mom’s Christmas” (at least jokingly). After all, it’s your fault she ended up in hospital on Christmas Day, and your arrival made her miss a delicious turkey dinner.
  • Speaking of turkey, you are almost guaranteed to eat turkey on your birthday every year…for the rest of your life.
  • When you become a mom, you will spend your remaining birthdays cooking that turkey for everyone else.
  • On the topic of food – you can forget about your kids ever making you breakfast in bed on your Christmas Birthday. They will be too busy sitting beside the Christmas tree opening their Christmas presents.
  • Everyone tells you how great it must be to be born on Christmas Day! Ya. No.
  • You receive a lot of two-fer’s on December 25th. What’s a two-fer? A 2-for-1. Two presents rolled into one. A combo. Also known as a “Birthmas present”.
  • Speaking of combos, your birthday card (if you actually receive one) almost always mentions your “Christmas Birthday”. No funny cards for you. Your cards are full of snowy scenes, Santa, and Christmas decorations.
  • What’s worse? When you receive a Christmas card containing the handwritten wordsΒ “oh by the way – Happy Birthday too!”.
  • Your birthday gets lost in the excitement of everyone else’s Christmas. A quick birthday greeting, then – let the Christmas celebrations commence!
  • When you complain about your birthday getting lost in the Christmas festivities, people suggest you should celebrate your birthday on June 25th instead. Really? This is NOT helpful.
  • Your siblings also get presents on YOUR birthday.
  • You receive cheap birthday presents – everyone is broke by the time they finally get around to remembering they also need to buy you a birthday present.
  • The birthday gifts you do receive are wrapped in Christmas gift wrap.
  • Birthday gifts are often Christmas decorations for your home.
  • Any clothing you receive as a gift on your Christmas Birthday is often red or green…or both.
  • You never get to have an actual party on your birthday. No one is around to invite to your party – they have already left on their Christmas vacation.
  • Everything is always closed on your birthday.
  • You can’t take advantage of those “birthday freebies” – because everything is closed.
  • Your birthday cakes are always Β “day olds”. Either bought the day before, or made the day before.
  • You miss out on the free lunch and birthday cake at work.
  • You pick another day during December to celebrate your birthday, only to find everyone is busy attending holiday parties.
  • You share your birthday with Baby Jesus – someone many people consider far more important than yourself. You’re also in constant competition with that jolly old elf, St. Nick.
  • You spend the month of December hearing everyone else speak of their plans for December 25th with nary a mention of your birthday.
  • You long for a “green” birthday once in a while, while everyone else is longing for their white Christmas.

Looking on the bright side of things, being born on Christmas Day could be worse.

Just ask January babies about re-gifting!

Have YOU got a Christmas Birthday in your family? What does your family member think of being born on this day?



  1. November 27, 2017


    I know that you wrote this article two years ago, but I just stumbled on it and I have to say that you hit the nail on the head! I too have a Christmas birthday. Not the day before, or the day after, but exactly on Christmas morning. I have experienced each point that you so precisely pointed out. Every year as Christmas draws nearer I feel the resentment building. I have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. I almost always host Christmas, i.e., shopping and wrapping gifts for everyone, cleaning, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning again, making up beds for family, etc. We do set aside about an hour for a “birthday celebration” at the dinner I am hosting. Then, its all over and I am left to wait another 365 days till “my day” comes around again.

    Well, this year I’m changing it up. I am turning 65 this Dec. 25th. I don’t want the whole family here, and the inevitable chaos that ensues. I don’t want to cook and clean for everyone. I don’t want to share my day. I don’t want to give gifts to everyone else on my day. I want to sit in my comfy lounging clothes, drink champagne, and eat what I want. I don’t want to make up beds for 7+ people and wait on the little ones while the older kids enjoy their Christmas. I just hosted Thanksgiving for 25 people. I’m done. Yes, I have told everyone that Christmas ends for me at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 24th. I want no mention of Christmas after the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve. Does that sound selfish? Well, so be it. It’s time. I suggested that we celebrate Christmas with the whole family on Dec. 23rd this year, so we will go to our son’s for that. Oh, I will have Christmas gifts for everyone and I will contribute to the meal. After that I am FREE to do what I want. I honestly don’t think my family really understands how I feel. They may be the ones who feel resentful this year. As for me, I am looking forward to having MY day. This will be the first birthday since the day I was born that I won’t be sharing with the world. Yay!

    • November 27, 2017


      Oh Dianne! You just made my day with this comment! Priceless! My mum would absolutely have loved reading your thoughts on this…and likely would have agreed with it all. When I think back, it truly sounds just like what my mum did for all my family year after year. As a kid, and younger adult, you take it all for granted. Sure, we celebrated her birthday…for an hour – like you so accurately mention. It did get better over the years, as everyone grew older, and we had more respect and appreciation for mum sharing her birthday with Christmas Day. But no matter how hard we tried, her birthday always got lost in Christmas festivities. My best memories are from the last few Christmas dinners we had together where we were able to host mum so she could truly celebrate and not have to do anything. I love how you are taking control of your birthday this year! Your family may not understand now but, one day they will. Maybe even this year if they truly think about it. Good for you, Dianne! I wish you a very Happy 65th Birthday on December 25th!! I’d love for you to stop back here and tell me how it went. I hope it’s everything you imagine and more!! Thanks SO much for stopping by!

  2. December 23, 2016


    YES!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!
    I am a Christmas baby (25th) and I HATE it!
    On my 8th birthday, my mother went into early labor with my siblings. I spent my 8th birthday & Christmas with my grandparents and uncle πŸ™ then on Dec 27th-my TWIN SISTERS were born. Luckily for mom though, she was able to bring both babies home on HER birthday-the 30th! Yep, 4 birthdays within 5 days of each other bookended by Xmas eve and New Years Eve.
    Now as if that isn’t bad enough, my daughter’s special day is Dec 28th and my niece is Dec 1.
    *sigh* being Irish isn’t easy

    • December 23, 2016


      count back 9 months from Christmas to understand my last sentence…☺️

    • December 23, 2016


      Oh my gosh! That is A LOT of birthdays all at once…and right between Christmas and New Years! Silly question but…how the heck does your family afford it? That’s a whole lot of shopping at once. I’d have to start shopping in the summer for all those birthdays and Christmas πŸ™‚ . My mum would totally feel for you! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your family story, Rebecca! And…Happy Birthday!!

      • December 23, 2016


        Everyone buys for the kids, but each December adult does it grab bag style. It was just too crazy trying to buy for everyone’s birthday in addition to Christmas and NOT buy holiday themed gifts for the birthday present.
        We are all in the same boat so we “get it”.
        Merry Christmas to you!

      • December 23, 2016


        Happy Birthday to you!!!
        (Wanted to make sure that was a separate post altogether )

  3. January 5, 2016

    paula schuck

    I never really understood all the reasons it sucks to have a December 25th birthday but I get it now. I actually like the name Noelle! But yeah Holly and Noel and etc are such Christmas names it’s pretty specific. LOL

    • January 9, 2016


      Most people automatically think it would be “cool” to have a birthday on Christmas Day…until I point these things out to them. I like Noelle (and the other names as well)…but I think they are a little much for a Christmas baby πŸ™‚

  4. December 8, 2015

    Kristine @MumRevised

    I remember your boobs from BlissDom last year πŸ™‚ I came back because Kyla pinged you. My son has a December birthday and many of these things are true even on the 7th. I only forgot the cake one year… he survived!

    • December 8, 2015


      I am dying of laughter here on my couch right now, Kristine! I am so glad my boobs were that memorable! Ha! Wait…that really doesn’t sound good, LOL. I still remember you and your awesome dance moves…you rocked the floor! Yes, I’m certain any December birthday suffers from one or more of these in my list. You forgot his cake? He may have survived but…I bet you never live that down. Thanks so much for stopping by..and for that laugh (still laughing btw). Cheers!

  5. December 4, 2015


    My son was born Dec 21st and we made a huge effort to avoid most of these. We had a ‘friend party’ the first Saturday in December, and his birthday was usually a family day. Most of the time it fell on the last day of school before the holidays. We saved to buy his birthday gifts all year so it wouldn’t be missed, bought paper and cards in August, etc. He’s always said that he never minded having a December birthday at all-mostly because we made so much effort, he pretty much partied all month long.

    • December 5, 2015


      I love this, Karen! You sound like an awesome mom! What kid wouldn’t love a month-long celebration like that? πŸ˜‰ Also love how you planned out expenses/gifts all year. Great way to do it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. November 30, 2015

    Brenda A

    This cracked me up and I can sympathize somewhat with having a birthday the first week of January. One of my kids shares my birthday week, too, so it’s all about them!

    • November 30, 2015


      Thanks Brenda!! Oooooh boy…yes, I can definitely see how you can more ways than one πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for reading!

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