"This was going to be for your birthday...but we didn't have enough Christmas presents for you...so...NOW, its for Christmas!"

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The birthday boy...a few years back in time. (Craig Allen photo archives).
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Those were tough words for a small child.  And, yes, my parents (and grandparents, etc) kept a strict gift count. Figures, right?!

And...why is it that everyone gets to open gifts on MY birthday, but I don't get to open any gifts on THEIR special day?

This is a question that every kid with a "Christmas Birthday" eventually gets to.  I was no exception.

I believe that it was around my 8th or 9th birthday that my parents came up with a temporary solution: the "HALF birthday."

On June 25th that year, I was given a present (a typewriter...MANUAL), and a cake!

And, the day was all mine!

Once.

I tried (really hard) to forget that my father had just had a "birthday party" 5 days before.

I rest my case! Thanks, Don! (screenshot/Craig Allen)
I rest my case! Thanks, Don! (screenshot/Craig Allen)
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And, no...the "Record Handler" had no idea that I was writing about this "issue."

Back to our story...Fast Forward...to NOW:

Like fellow Christmas Birthday friends (Happy Birthday to Christine, Jill, and Dolores!)...

Its a duel-day card! (Craig Allen photo).
Its a duel-day card! (Craig Allen photo).
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...I've gotten over it.

Thanks! (Craig Allen photo).
Thanks! (Craig Allen photo).
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I have....REALLY!

And, I certainly don't tack a "half" onto the total birthdays that I've..."experienced!"

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12-25-02...celebrating my birthday at NJ101.5 for the first time. (Craig Allen photo archives).
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In truth, I'm in age-denial.

TOTALLY!!