5 Things You Know To Be True If Your Birthday Occasionally Falls On Thanksgiving

5 Things You Know To Be True If Your Birthday Occasionally Falls On Thanksgiving

If you're a late November baby, you might relate to some of my personal thoughts and experiences too.


If you're a late November baby, then your birthday may occasionally fall on one of my favorite holidays of the year: Thanksgiving. Trust me, I've been there. Being born on November 23rd comes with its share of perks and downsides, especially when every couple of years, my birthday winds up on the same day as Thanksgiving.

If you've ever had a birthday on Thanksgiving, you might relate to some of my experiences.

1. You're grateful that your birthday isn't around Christmas.

We have the chance to have double the presents in a short period of time without having relatives brush off our birthdays because they've already purchased our Christmas presents. This feels like a win-win in my book!

2. You don't feel like it's truly your birthday if it's also Thanksgiving.

Everyone else in the country is celebrating Thanksgiving—not your birthday. The food made isn't necessarily your favorite kind; instead, you're getting a Thanksgiving dinner. People greet you by saying "Happy Thanksgiving!" and if you're lucky, they'll also remember that you've aged. The point is that the holiday remains the number one priority, and you will inevitably come second. Because of this, I never really think about my birthday whenever it is on Thanksgiving.

3. Your birthday celebrations are a much-needed break from classes.

My birthday always falls right in the week of Thanksgiving break, and it's a relief to know that for that I have no academic obligations during that time. My friends complain about having to go to class on their birthday, so I'm thankful that I get to be home for the big day.

4. You get to spend your birthday with your family.

It isn't easy to carve time out of your hectic schedule while away at school for family, but when your birthday falls within the week-long break, they're the people you see every day. I adore spending time with my family, and I like knowing they're around on my birthday—even when it's to celebrate Thanksgiving.

5. You appreciate the holiday.

Even if Thanksgiving isn't your favorite holiday, you tend to have a lot of appreciation for the season as some of your best memories are created during that time.

Excluding the years that my birthday happens to be on the same day as Thanksgiving, I don't mind having being born so close to the holiday—and it comes with a lot of perks that tend to be overlooked. If you happen to be a Thanksgiving baby like me, I hope you find certain things about the date of your birthday to enjoy.

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.

Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.


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This Is What Being Away From Home Taught Me About My Home

... It's ok to make plans with people besides your mom.


My home, for as long as I can remember, has been my safe haven. No matter how many arguments my family and I got into, I always knew my home to be a place where I could feel safe, at peace, grounded, and most importantly, comfortable.

This is why, when I decided to embark on a journey to Israel, 6,000 miles away felt like I was traveling into space. I felt as if I couldn't move forward without my mom by my side, reminding me everything is going to be okay. The relationship that my mom and I have is a special one, and knowing that I was not in close proximity to her created much-unwanted anxiety for us both. Knowing that while she may have only been a phone call away, that she wouldn't be able to come hold me if I needed her to, was something I really struggled with.

While I was away, I had hoped that my excitement for the trip and the adventures that were to come would keep me grounded and sane. Unfortunately, as the days went on, I became more and more homesick. However, I was able to learn some really important lessons in terms of the importance of my home, and sometimes the need to escape it.

The new friendships I made showed me that sometimes it's okay to make plans with people besides your mom (only partially joking).

The new foods I tried showed me that there are so many different types of foods that my chef of a mother hasn't even heard of.

The new experiences showed me just how important it is to step out of my comfort zone, even if doing so means I have to be 6,000 miles away from the comfort of my mom's arms.

There are hundreds of thousands of things that this trip has taught me, but it especially taught me that life exists away from your home as well. While it is natural to want to stay close to the things that bring you comfort, it is also essential that you allow yourself to grow.

I couldn't be luckier to have had such an incredible experience abroad, but I also couldn't be luckier to have been able to come home to a mom that was waiting with open arms and open ears.

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