Monday, 18 December 2017

From An Ungrateful Wretch

To the regifters.

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). 

14 comments:

  1. Snap-same day as me. Always have the same experience as you but have been having it way much longer. You are the same age as my daughter will be in March 2018. My 60th party was cancelled 8 years ago due to snow-I had organised it all myself of course and had to cancel it all myself too. I'll send you kind thoughts on your birthday and I'll think of you on that day. Catriona

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    1. Yay! Birthday buddy!

      I will also think of you on the day, such a shame about your birthday party, I've had a couple of celebrations like that.

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    2. Should have said that our wedding anniversary is on Christmas Eve!! Catriona

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    3. I love how we group things together, our anniversary is a week after my birthday!

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  2. Spare a thought for my two children there birthday is January 1st I don't think kit has ever got over his sister being born on his birthday

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    1. Oh wow!

      My Father and youngest brother have their birthdays a day apart and I think some people don't know which is which.

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  3. Ha ha! My birthday is on 29th November so can easily get swallowed up by other things. I feel your pain. Jx

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    1. Oh yes, I think we bookend this period, you at the start and me at the end.

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  4. A close friend of mine has her birthday on Christmas day. We don't exchange gifts but I always make sure she has a birthday card to open and another's is on 30th. For years I've had her over and made her a cake which she takes home with her rather than a card.
    Arilx

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    1. That's lovely of you. A friend was born on Boxing Day, she buys her own cake every year so she doesn't just end up being offered Christmas cake.

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  5. LOL, I know exactly where you are coming from. My birthday is December 29th and Harvey and the boys always seem to wrap my gifts in Christmas paper (shouldn't complain as they always remember). To make matters even worse our wedding anniversary is the 10th of January. Everything over with in a couple of weeks and Harvey always remembers (he does forget when the boys birthdays are). But most everyone else seems to forget.

    God bless.

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    1. Oooh, that's the double whammy, birthday and wedding anniversary!

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  6. My youngest Daughter was due on December 28th but managed to hang on in there until 8th January - it's the same for her - most people forget and send her re-gifts - I have no problem with re-gifting - but there aren't many 10 year olds who want that Bayliss and Harding gift set (yes that actually happened 2 years ago!). So I find myself going over the top with celebrations as I try to compensate - I've even taken to buying her birthday cards from my side of the family because it's embarrassing that they all forget!!! I know this is ridiculous but they all remember for my eldest Daughters birthday in August?

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    1. Awww, that's very sweet of you to compensate for other people. I will remember your daughter on January 8th when I'm opening my regifted gifts too!

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