Do you ever stop celebrating birthdays with a party?

Chocolate Birthday Cake - never too old to celebrate!
United States
March 23, 2007 8:50am CST
I can honestly say that even as my parents age and get what they consider "old" we still celebrate with a small party. Each year they get a cake or whatever item they wish to celebrate with and usually a dinner. Do you stop celebrating completely at some point or do you always acknowledge the day within your family no matter what age?
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@loved1 (5336)
• United States
23 Mar 07
I think people only really get one day to be theirs and theirs alone. Even when I did not have friends and family to help me celebrate I always did something special for myself on my birthday. I almost always take the day off from work and go out to lunch, to a movie, get a massage, or whatever else sounds fun at the time. We need to celebrate life every chance we get, no matter what age we are.
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@gbaben (509)
• Russian Federation
26 Mar 07
I don't know what is usually wrong with me,am fun of forgeting my birthday.I usually remember maybe somedays after, which is very bad.But yet i have been celebrating it at 5 years interval.
• United States
26 Mar 07
lol gbaben... that's a sure sign you're getting old when you forget your own birthdays!!!! lol too funny
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Our family does a thing roughly twice a year where they celebrate all the birthdays within however many months it's been. Sometimes as a kid, I got an individual party too, but sometimes I didn't. I thought a party was fun, but I don't mind not having a little gathering every year. We do try to do presents every year though, maybe a cake too.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
My family does that for the 4th of July. We celebrate a bunch of family birthdays that occur from the very end of June through all of July all at once at a 4th of July Picnic. That way we don't have to eat cake 6 times in a month! LOL Plus we get fireworks! How much more special could we be?
@sunrisekn (1467)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Birthday's are very important to my family. It gives us another excuse to go out to eat. I'm in charge of getting the birthday cards and making sure that everyone signs them. My SIL finds out when that person would like to eat and we split the bill. Afterwards, we usually have cake and ice cream at my brothers house. I live 2 hours away and if I am unable to get down there, I still get a birthday card for them. I love shopping for cards. This year I wasn't able to get down there for my fathers birthday, so I sent a card along with a framed picture of my 1 year old holding a sign that said "HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDPA". He called me and told me he was crying like a baby after seeing that picture.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
How sweet!!!!! And just FYI.... become Italian... we need NO excuse to eat!!!! LOL
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
23 Mar 07
Usually my friends and I will go out to dinner or for drinks for someone's birthday,but it's usually not something that would be considereed a party. Though we sometimes have parties for someone's 40th, 50th, etc. birthdays.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
That's pretty much where most of us are in life too... we celebrate for sure.. but "parties" are saved for the BIG OH's... FIVE OH, THREE OH... etc. LOL
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
1 Apr 07
Our family is the same way, we always have to celebrate birthdays somehow. My grandma is almost 90, and we still take her out to eat every year and get some cake and ice cream and usually a gift or two. I think there's always something fun about celebrating birthdays, even after so many years! :)
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
31 Mar 07
My husband and I don't celebrate our birthday's any longer but we do for our son, CJ...He'll be 9 on May, 19th. Half the time we forget each other's special days; even our anniversary. I have to admit that I forgot our anniversary this year whereas he's the one that usually forgets. It used to bother me but no longer. Getting too old I guess. Laughing out loud.
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@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
31 Mar 07
DH and I stopped doing "parties" with the entire family around age 30 or so. We do go out to dinner or something with our kids, but that's about it. SS15 and SD12 still have parties for the family, but since they're getting too old for toys, we'll probably start switching to just letting them have some friends over or something. They still get cards from grandparents & stuff, but there's no reason to get all the aunts and uncles over anymore... Day is definately acknowledged though.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
i always celebrate birthdays with something special like preparing delicious foods if we only eat at home with th whole family members or if we call for party at the restaurant or beach. blowing party is not always every year but birthday celebration is always we have though we sometimes share with immediate family only if the schedule is so hectic for the many.
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
25 Mar 07
well for me my mom still has a home cooked dinner for me with cake and ice cream to follow and a few gifts. My mom herself is usually in florida every year for her birthday because they have a winter home down there, so we send flowers to her every year. My dad we usually have a little cook out for because his birthday is in May and so are alot of other family members so we just have a big birthday bash for all of them. I still buy my grandmother a birthday present too.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I stopped having birthday parties after I graduated high school. I have not had a birthday party since then and do other things on my birthday. My parents still do nice things or give me nice things for my bday and sometimes I travel with my parents around my birthday. I stopped paying too much attention to my birthday after turning 21.
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@hezoid (2148)
25 Mar 07
We always have some kind of party or celebration for all members of the family when it's their birthday no matter how old they are! Sometimes we will go out for a group meal, sometimes we will have a family get-together at one of the family's homes, with maybe a meal, drinks & cake. We always do something to celebrate, even if not on the exact day of the birthday. I guess it's just a good excuse to have fun!
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
25 Mar 07
As a child i had a birthday party every year, i loved them. Even as an adult, i have a party every time i have a 5 or a 0 at the end of my age blessed be
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• United States
25 Mar 07
A birthday is a time to celebrate,a party is a good start. I will always celebrate my daughter's birthday. I am not too sure about mine. I don't have friends around me. So,normally my daughter has her friends come to celebrate with her. I just realized this sounds confusing. Ok,I let my daughter have my birthday. She gets to share her day with friends. It makes me happy that she is happy.
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@mimatexas (1835)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I like to celebrate birthdays with at least a dinner and a cake. In fact, on Monday, March 26, is my daughter's birthday and we are celebrating with a dinner and cake. On my birthday, on January the 10th, We celebrated my birthday with a lunch and a cake.
• United States
23 Mar 07
I know I would really feel diappointement if my birthday was not celebrated. It would not have to be with family but definitely with my friends and so far I have not been disappointed. As my birthday is just 4 weeks away I hope this will not be first year it is not celebrated.
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