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In Praise of December Birthdays

christmas presentIt stinks! Instead of getting two presents, you only get one.

Bah! If I had a dollar for every time I heard this lame, cliched reason why it’s so awful to have your birthday in December, I’d have enough money to buy every item in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song and then some.

Is this the first thought people have when they think about a December birthday? A combined gift? It’s hardly an original thought. It certainly isn’t what comes to my mind each year as I prepare to celebrate my coming into this world on December 18.

And frankly, the list of people I would expect to give me a present at Christmas and on my birthday, regardless of the date, is a pretty short list. And they would never forget. The way I see it, I’m not out any loot at all. So please, if anyone out there wants to send me a gift for either Christmas, my birthday or both, I’ll happily accept, regardless of what colors it’s wrapped in.

True to the optimistic nature of my astrological sign (Sagittarius), I prefer to see the cup of holiday cheer as half full.

December birthdays aren’t bad. In fact, they’re pretty good. Sure, I’ve had some stinkers (Who hasn’t?) when I’ve had the flu or a long, horrific day of work or there’s been a blizzard and even, one year—thunder snow.

I’m even writing a story based on the subject. A comedy, naturally. For you lovers of romance fiction, expect A Birthday in December to make its appearance in time for next holiday season. But more about that later.

This year marks one of those Big, Bad, Zero-ending birthdays for me, and in honor of it I’ve come up with a Top Ten List in praise of December birthdays.

So if your December birthday has you blowing out the candles and wishing for Christmas in July, don’t despair. Keep up with me on Twitter and Facebook each day for the next decade of days to discover one good reason after another why having your nativity in the twelfth month is something to celebrate.

Still think it’s humbug? Then all I can say is, stuff your sorrows in a Salvation Army bucket along with a couple of bucks. If that doesn’t make you feel better, then there’s no hope for you—in this or any other season.

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