posted by Aunty Cindy aka Loucinda McGary
That's what a former boss of mine used to say instead of Happy Birthday. Only within the last few years have I begun to appreciate the significance.
Yes, today is my birthday, and no, I don't wanna talk about it, particularly my age, which really is older than dirt!
And yes, it truly SUX to have your birthday the week before Christmas. First you have to wait ALL YEAR to get any presents, then they all come at once. Second, your birthday gets lost in the shuffle. Parties never come off because everyone is BUSY with the holidays. The weather is crappy (great rationalization to move to the Southern Hemisphere!). Forget anything that's not Christmas themed. My mother was the only person who NEVER wrapped my birthday present in Christmas paper. Sometimes she had to use the comic section of the newspaper, but NEVER Christmas paper.
Finally, DO NOT get me started on the people who try to pull the old "This is your birthday and Christmas present COMBINED" scam! Of course your old Aunty has the perfect cure for that one. I just smile and say, "Really? This is YOUR birthday and Christmas present COMBINED." And when the person looks shocked and says, "But my birthday is in July!" I simply reply, "Too bad."
In recent years, my favorite way to spend my birthday (besides hiding under the bed in the fetal position) has been on board a cruise ship. I've done this twice in the past four years and highly recommend it! The wait staff (who are generally young, good-looking men with accents) make a fuss, bring me my own little cake and sing to me. AHHH! Doesn't get much better than that!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all you other December Babies! May you NEVER receive a combined birthday and Christmas present.