12 Days of my birthday
My birthday is exactly one week before Christmas. It often gets overlooked or lumped into the Christmas festivities–a Christmas/birthday gift, a card with a wish for both, a phone call to say hello for both, a mention about it on Christmas. My birthday is inconvenient during the busy giving season. I am aware of this and try not to take it personally. I encourage those who care about me not to worry about it and I am not worried. But I do want to celebrate my life… so, this year I’ve been reminding those around me to wrap my gift in birthday paper, even if that birthday paper is a simple paper bag recycled. =)
On the 7th of December my friend made me a great dinner and a chocolate cake and I was excited. Being ironic I asked, “since my birthday always gets lumped in with Christmas, why can’t we celebrate the 12 days of my birthday—like the 12 days of Christmas—little gifts each day for 12 days ending on my actual birthday?” I decided I would start the tradition this year and find things that seemed celebratory, little gifts in my life. And I declared the delicious dinner and dessert my first gift… on the 12th day of my birthday.
A fleeing fun thought…I was the only one on board for this little idea which was ok with me. I am grateful for the smallest of things, so it would be easy to pick out how the world celebrated me each day leading up to my birthday.
Day 1 of the 12 days of my birthday celebration – Dinner and Dessert and the decision to celebrate myself…