15 Things All December Babies Know ALL Too Well

15 Things All December Babies Know ALL Too Well

"Oh, that must suck."
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1. "Merry Birthmas!"

Hmm, it actually seems like when your birthday was close to St. Patrick's Day I didn't go around saying "Happy Saint Birthday's!" so maybe just let my birthday be its own event, okay?

2. So. Many. Indoor. Birthday. Parties.

All of your summer friends were having pool parties and outdoor fun, and you were forced to come up with fun indoor games that wouldn't make your friends want to leave.

3. You're constantly told how bad December birthdays must suck

*Tells someone my birthday*

"Oh, that must be terrible"

4. Combined gifts

Just no. I'd like two, please. I understand that Jesus' birthday is kind of outshining mine but work with me.

5. Having at least 3 friends not be able to celebrate with you because of the holidays

Or not being able to come because they're "saving up for the holidays".

6. But, you do get a LOT of gifts within a few weeks of each other

You pretty much get an entire year's worth of gifts in one month, which is very nice.

7. But figuring out what you want for your birthday is hard because you have to ask for gifts that apply to all of the seasons

A bathing suit seems like an odd gift in the dead of winter, but when everyone is getting new swimwear during their convenient summer birthdays, you'll be missing out.

8. Going out on your birthday is a nightmare because it's approximately freezing

People really are not interested in celebrating your birthday by going out to the bars when it is -12 degrees and snowing.

9. You gain approximately 10 pounds in the month of December

Your normal Christmas weight combined with a lot of birthday cake (and possibly alcohol) is a recipe for a weight-related New Year's Resolution.

10. You are used to looking forward to pretty much nothing until month number 12

All of the important days are all the way at the end of the year.

11. "All I had was Christmas wrapping paper."

I guess my birthday gifts will just be wrapped in reindeer this year.

12. You may feel bad for yourself, but you feel worse for your mother...

Can you IMAGINE spending the best time of the year almost at full-term with a living child in your body? And THEN having to listen to people say, "wow that must be the best Christmas gift of all!" Yeah, I'm sure agonizing childbirth was what she wanted under the tree this year.

13. ... And for her bank account

Sorry you have to get me everything I want for the entire year in 3 days, mom!

14. You were probably off school for your birthday every year or at least wrapping up

I've personally never had school on my birthday, which is one of my favorite things about my birthday.

15. But in the end, you actually LIKE having your birthday during the most wonderful time of the year

For all of the people who think my birthday is the worst, it is actually just one more thing that truly makes December the most wonderful time of the year.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. (Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.)

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town. Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community. I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK. What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives. What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all. Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back; same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others. As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being. My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Putting Away Christmas

It sometimes feels like the end, but it's not.
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It's probably the worst time of the year for those of us who love Christmastime. At least in the days immediately following December 25th, it's still socially acceptable to listen to your favorite Christmas carols, keep your Christmas lights plugged in, and enjoy your tree and decorations.

But, sometime after New Years, the day inevitably comes when the celebration of the Christmas season must give way to the next one. Whether you throw your tree out promptly on January 1st, wait for the official changing of the Christian liturgical season at Epiphany (January 6th), or just take everything down when you have time, there's a definite sadness that accompanies the un-decorating process.

First, there's the sheer amount of work involved in taking everything down and packing it away for next year. It takes time and effort to locate every tiny ornament hidden in the boughs of your Christmas tree, tenderly wrap each fragile figurine in a Nativity set, and untangle the many strands of lights that illuminated your yard all December. We spend hours putting everything away, not to mention vacuuming tree needles and glitter off of the rug.

Once everything is safely stored in the basement or garage, of course, it's guaranteed that we'll find one last decoration that we completely forgot about, meaning that we have to somehow make space for it in one of the already-overstuffed boxes of ornaments and tinsel and lights. It can all be pretty overwhelming.

Christmas teardown is also a reminder of just how much stuff we accumulate, and just how little of it we really need or care about. Now is probably a good time to get rid of some of it so that we'll have less to store, put up, and take down next year, but often in our mourning for the ending of the Christmas season, we find it difficult to part with almost anything. We make mental pacts with ourselves not to buy any more decorations next year, but then immediately break our resolutions when we see the cute little nutcracker ornaments on a great sale a week after Christmas, or when all the new decor begins to appear in stores the following October.

And of course, there's the essential fact that putting away Christmas decorations means the ending of one of the most beautiful, festive, and happy times of the entire year. The decorations in the stores and around town gradually disappear, the number of family gatherings and parties on our calendars begins to dwindle, school and work resume as vacations end. Everyone and everything just seems a bit less jolly as the bleak wintry weather of January sets in.

But even in the face of a long winter devoid of Christmas cheer, there's still hope. There's hope for exciting holidays ahead, like sweet, romantic Valentine's Day or joyous Easter Sunday. There's hope for changes in weather, like potential snowfall and the eventual coming of spring, when the earth will finally come back to life in flowers and birds and trees and EVERYTHING. And for those who celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas, there's the promise that Immanuel, the presence of God With Us, doesn't go away even when we've put away our manger scenes and stopped listening to O Holy Night.

Before we know it, Christmas will be just around the corner once again, and we'll get to enjoy our favorite holiday traditions and celebrations sooner than we think. Even though lovers of Christmas will never not struggle when Christmastime comes to an end, we can take comfort in the fact that the cycle of the seasons continues, bringing so many other things to enjoy until Christmas comes again.

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