Birthdays....

United States
December 7, 2010 6:05pm CST
I'm just curious how many of you celebrate your birthday every year? My birthday is coming up but it'll just be another day for me. I haven't celebrated my birthday since middle school... Yet I LOVE celebrating others' birthdays. I'm not sure why, I guess I just like to show my love and appreciation for my friends and family but it seems unnecessary to do the same for myself. Anyway, do YOU celebrate your birthday every year? If so, how do you like to celebrate? Big parties? Small, intimate dinners? If not, when was the last time you did celebrate? Thanks, I look forward to reading your responses!
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15 responses
@AmandaMBF (284)
• Brazil
8 Dec 10
I really don't like to celebrate my birthday. But in my family it's really very difficult to don't celebrate because my parents ever gave me a small party and all my family came to my house. I really don't like parties so I usually don't like to celebrate my friends birthday too. But I usually celebrate because I really like then.
• United States
24 Dec 10
I understand that family and friends enjoy showing their love and appreciation, but not everyone enjoys those big parties. I don't mind attending others' parties but I would always prefer a small, intimate gathering to a large party. Sounds like you feel the same way? Thank you for you reply!
@wjack2010 (755)
8 Dec 10
I do celebrate my birthday. I like big parties but sometimes I won't mind a small one :)
• United States
24 Dec 10
How did you celebrate your last birthday? A big party or a small one? Either way, you probably had fun! :) Thanks for the reply!
@acey76 (1278)
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
Well, i celebrate my birthday by going to church to give thanks for the past years , the blessings and for another year that God has given me.
• United States
24 Dec 10
Sounds like you have a sweet, simple way to show your appreciation for another birthday. Good for you! Thanks for the reply.
@mwaqar76 (17)
• Pakistan
8 Dec 10
Yeah it is not a big deal to celebrate Birthday when you are grown up but my family do arrange to celebrate my birthday every year but it is just within the family, small party like event.No friends invited.This is a way to remember & share your happiness.
• United States
9 Dec 10
I prefer small, intimate celebrations. They are just more personal than having a big party with a bunch of family and friends (and friends of friends) like it was a big show. Those just don't seem like they really get at the heart of the celebration. Thanks for the reply, mwaqar76!
@cssiduyz (1054)
• Indonesia
8 Dec 10
I also like that you experienced, sometimes I do not like to celebrate the birthday of my own but I like the birthday celebration by family who care about me. I was very happy even though it was all I did not expect. on the other hand, I prefer to celebrate the birthday of another person, may in saying it was my girlfriend's birthday. because it is very exciting for me.
• United States
9 Dec 10
I guess I'm not alone in that I enjoy celebrating others' birthdays more than my own. Sounds like your family really care about you, even if the celebration was not as you expected. Thanks for the reply!
• Philippines
8 Dec 10
I celebrate my birthday every year. It doesn't need to be grand, the important is that I'm happy. Me and my family goes out on a dinner, and I also celebrate my birthday on my own. I buy things that I like, treat myself to shopping, eat at restaurants that I love, bond with my loved ones, and do things I wanna do. It's like I'm taking a break from my busy life.
• United States
9 Dec 10
Your way of celebrating your birthday sounds lovely! Relaxing and fun, yet not over the top. That is what it's about! Indulging a bit in what you love. Thanks for the reply!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
8 Dec 10
Though the way that I celebrate my birthday these days is significantly different from the way that I used to celebrate my birthday when I was younger, I still do celebrate my birthday every year. This year when my birthday rolled around, I went out to eat with my family and spent the rest of the evening quietly at home. However, when I was younger we used to have annual birthday parties that I really had a lot of fun with.
• United States
9 Dec 10
I suppose we don't expect as much from our birthdays as we age, but any form of celebration is nice. Dinner with family and a quiet evening at home sounds relaxing! I remember the annual birthday parties as a child too; I wouldn't care to celebrate like that now though. Thanks for the reply!
@youless (91533)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Dec 10
First of all, I wish you have a great birthday and all the best! I am not interested in celebrating my birthday. It is less important for me today. I care about my son's birthday much more. I love China
• United States
9 Dec 10
Thanks! Sweet of you to wish a stranger a happy birthday! :) Indeed, celebrating a child's birthday would be SO much more fun! Children, in general, just makes things better! Thanks for the reply, youless! (hmmm, how did you come up with that username?)
• United States
8 Dec 10
For me, my birthday is just another day pretty much. The only difference is that I get cake. I just blow out the candles, just for the fun of it, and my family and I just eat the cake. Otherwise, the rest of the day is the same (except for the sore arm I get from the birthday punches my friends give me in school.)
• United States
9 Dec 10
Cake is enough for me on my birthday too. I get the same ice cream cake every year, it's my fave! I don't do candles though. I don't care for birthday spanks (never done punches though), seems kind of unnecessary. Thanks for the reply!
• Guatemala
8 Dec 10
I don´t like to celebrate my birthday I feel it is unnecessary, steel I like to receiving gifts :) I don´t know maybe is we wanted to stop time in one age, like 21.......
• United States
9 Dec 10
I don't mind the gifts either! Well, not so much the gifts as the money. I haven't asked for presents for years. There's not really anything I need, but money always comes in handy! True, most people do seem to over-idolize age 21, even if it's not the best year. Guess that is because it's between the childish fun years and the years of adult responsibility, so it's a little of both worlds. Thanks for the reply, FashionYas!
• United States
8 Dec 10
I remember buying my daughter a cake and letting her have a birthday party on one of my birthdays. That was over 8 years ago and that was the last time I celebrated my birthday. Another year on my birthday I let her invite friends to have a sleep over and I gave them treats. I don't feel like doing anything to bering atttention to my getting older. We should feel blessed to have anothr year on earth as well.
• United States
9 Dec 10
Sounds like you enjoy giving joy to others on your birthday! True, if nothing else we should at least appreciate that we've made it to another year. Thanks for the reply, giftsandbagscom!
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
8 Dec 10
I haven't celebrated my birthday for awhile now... last time I did was 2007 when I did a 60's/70's theme and everybody had to dress up. We danced to disco music and it was awesome.
• United States
9 Dec 10
Oooh, a 60's/70's theme sounds fun! And only back in 2007, that wasn't too long ago. Sounds like those memories have lasted you a few years! Thanks for the reply!
@aodoerfer (113)
• United States
8 Dec 10
I feel pretty silly making a big deal out of my birthday as an adult. For the most part, I treat it as an ordinary day, although I will usually go out to eat rather than make dinner at home. I think the last time I had a birthday party, I was 16 or 17.
• United States
9 Dec 10
I feel the same way. Celebrating my birthday isn't enjoyable like it was as a kid, so I don't bother anymore. I rarely ever go out, maybe once or twice a year. However, I do enjoy birthday ice cream cake! That's the only difference from my birthday and the rest of the year... Thanks for the reply, aodoerfer!
@camposkat (310)
8 Dec 10
Hi grobanite! First of all, advance happy birthday to you! :) I do celebrate my birthday every year although it's not as big as before like when I was a kid. The biggest birthday bash that my parents have given me was when I turned 18 because it's a girl's transition from teen to being a lady, that's why we celebrate it. After that, I just have a simple celebration every year. Me and my family would eat out for dinner or lunch. My siblings would give me a card or a birthday gift and my parents would buy me a small round cake. :) Personally, I love celebrating my birthday in a simple way with just close family and friends and just hanging out for lunch or dinner is fine. I don't plan on throwing huge parties at all. Probably when I have children I would throw big parties for them but for me I'm already contented on celebrating it in a simple way. :)
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
8 Dec 10
Hi, When I reached my Sweet Seventeens , I did my birthday celebration with my school mates since we both birthday on the same month and just different by 2 days. We treated our friends to restaurant for dinner ,just some close friends. It was fun. That was also my first time celebrating my birthday with friends. Now, on my birthday,my husband will bring me out for dinner with my son. This year birthday, we went to hotel for buffet dinner. I don't see it is necessary to have a big party for birthday,as long as, I can have a good dinner with my family, and we are all happy,it is more than enough.