Aideen Glynn’s weekly column as published in the Waterford News & Star Well! magazine
A DECEMBER birthday can often be seen as a bit of an unforgivable curse. Everyone is so busy rushing around getting prepared for Christmas and focussing on all things festive that a December birthday is more of an inconvenience than a blessing. You probably remember very little celebrations marking the day of your birth without a fir tree, tinsel or the heady scent of cinnamon and winter spice. Your presents, if you get any, are probably wrapped in Christmas paper and if you want to celebrate with a party, in all likelihood you won’t be able to get a room on account of all the office Christmas celebrations previously booked.
So it’s time to look at it a little differently, and focus on why you may have just won the birthday lottery by having the good fortune to be born in December. Firstly, as it is Christmas and time for family and friends, there’s a fairly good chance that loved ones will be home from abroad to celebrate with you. Secondly, there is no shortage of party food in the shops and no one bats an eyelid when you pop open the box of Roses or Quality Street in the middle of the afternoon.
Unless you work in retail there’s a good chance that you will be on holidays from work too, especially if the day of your birth corresponds closely with the day of the birth of our Lord. So it’s not all bad. Plus, recent research I came across would indicate that December babies are actually pretty special. Rejoice.
‘Your presents, if you get any, are probably wrapped in Christmas paper and if you want to celebrate with a party, in all likelihood you won’t be able to get a room on account of all the office Christmas celebrations previously booked.’
According to a study in the Journal of Aging Research, don’t ask me how I ended up there, December babies are expected to live longer. And when I say longer I actually mean up to the ripe old age of 105. That could be a blessing or a curse, depending on your point of view of course. Furthermore, precious Christmas babies are more likely to be natural athletes with more power and poise than the average human. This is thought to be attributed, in some part, to the extra hit of Vitamin D that your mother got when she struggled through a summer pregnancy with you. That’s the scientific and logical explanation. Or, in reality, it could just be because you have become accustomed to the annual battle that you face to remind everyone that it is the glorious anniversary of your birth and an occasion that requires celebrating in its own right. In the midst of frantic Christmas preparation this requires superhuman strength and resilience I’m sure.
Yet another piece of good news lies in the fact that December born people are more likely to be among those who are annoyingly chirpy and good humoured first thing in the morning. Again, that’s a blessing or a curse depending on your own disposition. The logical and scientific explanation for this escapes me. Maybe it is again due to that summer pregnancy, who knows? Or maybe it’s because as an innocent little child you always believed that the Christmas preparations in the house were for you and you alone and you couldn’t wait to get up and experience another day of joy and celebration in your honour. That became a habit even when the harsh reality hit.
So there are a lot of positives to having a birthday around the Christmas season. Yes, you may not have another occasion during the year for your family and friends to festoon you with gifts but it could be worse. You could be born in early January when everyone is broke and not drinking and downright miserable. Happy Birthday December babies, we are all celebrating with you… shh Mum’s the Word.