Sunday, January 19, 2014
After reading about the nice birthday Jack over at "Shipslog" had for his 75th I got to thinking how different people celebrate birthdays. Do you have any unusual traditions? When I married into a German family I had no idea I was giving up my birthday as I had known it in the past. They believed in getting together at the house of the birthday person. That person was to furnish the ice cream, coffee, and coolaid. No alcohol or beer in spite of the way people think German people are big drinkers. Each family was expected to show up with a dessert. Even sickness was not an excuse to not show up. This was true for anniversaries too. Never mind if there were three or four birthdays or anniversaries in the same month. No lumping together, each celebrated on the correct date. They loved to talk and discuss and have loud friendly arguments. Coming from a family who barely paid attention to birthdays it was a shock. We may have had a cake and usually a gift but it wasn't a big event, we just became a year older. I really came to hate birthdays and especially anniversaries. I felt our anniversary was personal and we should have done something special, just the two of us. Now my newest son-in-law is also German. They believed in the entire week belonging to the birthday person. I think more just letting them be first and treating them special all week. I'm not sure what they did on anniversaries but I guess my daughter will find out this summer when she has her first anniversary with him.