5 Reasons It Sucks to be Born on Christmas

5 Reasons It Sucks to be Born on Christmas

Yes, it really is my birthday.

So many people have complaints in December. No one likes to have a birthday around Christmas or New Years. This is something I've dealt with throughout the almost 28 years of my life. Not only is my birthday around Christmas, it's not on the eve, it's on the day! Here's to everyone born on December 25th. It's no walk in the park, I assure you. Here are 5 reasons why it absolutely, positively, sucks to be born on Christmas.

1. Yea, so no one remembers December birthdays. Ha ha, funny, we all get it. I wake up every Christmas morning, and everyone forgets my birthday. We would gather around the tree, open presents, and then hours later someone would say, "Oh man, I'm sorry, I forgot. Happy Birthday!" Here I am just standing around waiting for someone to say it to me. "Oh gee, thanks guys." Yes, this includes my parents, siblings, and extended family.

2. Presents

"Oh, I'm sorry. I couldn't get you a birthday gift and a Christmas gift because money is short and I couldn't afford two presents." Well, screw you! When your birthday is close to Easter I'm going to say "Sorry, I couldn't afford two presents because the Easter bunny really hit me hard this year!" My parents were always pretty gracious with this. They would wrap my birthday gifts in birthday paper and put it somewhere far away from the Christmas tree. Others, if they do buy me separate gifts, usually wrap them both in Christmas wrapping paper. Another issue: your birthday is supposed to be a special day that is dedicated to you and you alone. Everyone gets presents on my birthday! It sucks sharing a birthday with Jesus Christ.


Yes, it is. Thanks for pointing out my misery every year. People have actually asked me to pull out my identification card so they can make sure I'm not lying.

4. The Birthday Story

Every year the family gathers around the table to hear the story of my birth. I'm going to tell it here so it's ingrained somewhere and I never have to hear it repeated ever again. Now, I can just refer to this article. My mother just couldn't hold out any longer. They had just finished eating the Italian feast of the seven fishes. My mother went to go lay down to go to sleep. She knew something wasn't right, and then her water broke. They were located in Brooklyn, and the hospital I was supposed to be born in was in the Bronx. My mother, father, and nanny all got in the car and flew up the FDR Drive. There was no traffic due to the holiday. My nanny was so nervous she was chain smoking in the back of my dad's car. I was born a few hours later. My mother always says I was the worst labor she had out of any of her children.

5. Cake

No, I don't get special cake for my birthday. It's always just lumped in with all the other Christmas desserts. They'll just put candles on something and sing Happy Birthday. It stinks, because cake is my favorite thing about birthdays.

In short, having a birthday on Christmas really, really sucks. Sometimes I just like to call myself the Puerto Rican Jesus to make a joke of myself, because having a birthday on Christmas must be some kind of cruel joke. Hats off to my parents, who always try every year to make the most out of the situation. You're responsible for this anyway.

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15 Fourth Of July Fun Facts And Trivia

The United States of America: Land of the free, home of the brave.

Fourth of July is a holiday I look forward to every year! Full of outside, summer fun, barbecued foods, and firework displays. Behind all of that, however, is history! In celebration of our nation's Independence Day, here are 15 fun facts and pieces of trivia:

1. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

2. The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938.

3. The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.

4. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July (wonder if this statistic includes the hot dogs consumed during the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest?)

5. Back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 240 years later, 311 million people live.

6. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.

7. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

8. July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines, because in 1946, the country was recognized as an independent nation.

9. In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.

10. Most of the signers of the Declaration did not formally sign until August 2, 1776.

11. Though it is no treasure map as predicted by Nicholas Cage in "Treasure Hunt 2", the message "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" is written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

12. More than 14,000 firework displays are put on across the country on Fourth of July!

13. Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785!

14. In 1781, the great state of Massachusetts became the first one to declare Independence Day a holiday

15. Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Display is the largest in the United States

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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