I love birthdays. I really do! I never dread my birthday, but look forward to the celebrations year after year. In case you hadn’t heard, last Tuesday was my birthday! Right in between Jackie Kennedy’s (28) and Emily Bronte’s (30), The Official Christine Day is celebrated July 29.
Each year, I observe certain birthday traditions with religious fervor. Like the tree for Christmas, or chocolates on Valentine’s Day,
Official Christine Day my birthday requires certain celebrations that I enjoy year after year.
No Peeking in the Mailbox
A few of this year’s birthday cards and gifts
There is a special joy in checking the mailbox during the birthday season, but it is also a test of resistance. I save all my birthday cards and packages (and do my best to guess which letters are celebratory!) until at least the 29th. My parents began this tradition when I was a child, withholding all mail and pretending it magically arrived on my birthday. This year, I opened all my cards on the 30th – but the anticipation adds to the fun. Like seeing the packages under the Christmas tree, watching my envelope and parcel pile grow makes me look forward to turning another year older.
Champagne for Breakfast
Some traditions, like this one, are relatively new. My mother and I began attending afternoon tea service to celebrate my birthday a few years ago, and it has become our favorite way to celebrate the day! This tradition has become one of my favorites, and has made me a bit of an afternoon tea connoisseur. I know the right type of scones (American versus British), the proper way to stir (front-to-back), and the perfect sandwich to sweet ratio.Whether it was The Plaza in New York City, The Goring in London, or just a small, adorable tea room in the Shenandoah Valley, we sip tea and eat scones while reminiscing on the years past.
Say Thank You
Do you have special birthday celebrations? I would LOVE to hear your birthday traditions that you enjoy year after year!