I don't know if everyone with a birthday around Christmas feels the same, but I've spoken to a fair few people who have had similar experiences.
1. No-one ever remembers.
2. Having a birthday in early January is the worst, everyone is just back to school, university, work and has had enough of celebrating. People are skint, on a diet, involved with their resolutions, or just wants to get back to normality.
3. Because no-one ever remembers birthday gifts are either the dreaded joint Christmas and birthday offering (because they know the birthday is sometime around Christmas but when, who can say?) Or it's the regift.
WE KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING.
I know re-gifting is a thing, but come on, don't regift in the Christmas wrapping paper. We know you didn't see a tin of Danish butter cookies, a Bayliss and Harding giftset in black pepper and ylang ylang flavour and think of us, at best you thought "OMG, quick, find something for that ungrateful wretch".
Then there's the gift tokens. I believe I've aired my views on gift tokens before. Last year I received four, yes four, Google Play vouchers. Useful, but literally the least possible effort put into a gift, but it is nice to know you thought of me in the queue at Tesco.
Most of this wouldn't happen if the birthday was in June.
Don't want to buy me a gift, don't have the money, don't really care, that's absolutely fine, I have no issues with that at all. But when the only people who remember at the two people I know from a message board and have never met in real life (but have birthdays either side of mine), my mum and my husband it's a bit much, I get a lot of messages around the 10th of January saying "did I miss it again?" something I choose to find adorable. My own brother always thinks it's the day after the actual birthday - come on fella I'm nearly 43, we go through this every flaming year. He does, however, remember to wish Elvis and David Bowie a happy birthday.
Or maybe it's just me, because I am an ungrateful wretch.
Please note this is tongue in cheek, but I am also deadly serious (which is also tongue in cheek).