A friend of mine had a baby last month a few days before Christmas. Although I didn’t visit her in the hospital, I did go over to her house right after Christmas to see her new baby (and to see how she was doing). And with all of the preparations of Christmas – decorating, shopping, cooking, etc. – her newborn baby didn’t get that much attention. Even when Christmas was over, there was still family to visit, gifts to return and preparations for New Year’s so there still wasn’t a lot of time to fawn over her baby boy. Unfortunately, because of the timing of his birthday he will never get the attention that he deserves.
Of course it should not matter when a baby is brought into this world. Life is to be celebrated no matter what time of year it is. However, when you choose to conceive during a certain time period and you have a baby during a holiday season you can’t be upset when your child’s birthday isn’t fully celebrated by others. The end of the year is a tough time for most. People will be traveling, spending time with family, and money is being spent on elsewhere (travel, gifts, etc.).
Many Christmas babies talk about how they get one present – a birthday/Christmas combo gift. One of my friends told me that one year he got some type of remote control gadget for his birthday and a pair of batteries as his Christmas gift. Ever since he was a child, he gave up the notion of expecting two separate gifts. That’s quite unfortunate but I have to be honest, I’ve been one of those double gift-givers myself; I’ll usually get 2 gifts that are complimentary. Why not kill two birds with one stone?
I also remember when I was in elementary school and kids who had birthdays in the summer never really were celebrated. I felt bad for them as I got older because the teacher lumped all the summer birthdays together to celebrate right before school let out for the year. But at least they got to have fun summertime birthday parties. People born around Christmas always seem to be forgotten about.
After all, what baby can upstage Jesus?