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Yeah, happy birthday to all those folks whose birthday got lost at Christmas and who always got less pressies than their siblings later in the year...story of my niece's life and at 29 still doesn't let us forget it
It was rather unfair, and it was compounded by him lying about his age so he could join the Merchant Marines during WWII. He was the next to youngest of 13 children ... all single births. There were more than 20 years between him and the oldest. I rather suspect the only years his mother was not pregnant was when his father was in the US and she was still in Italy with the first four children.
Back then it would have been the norm to have large families, but even when I was growing up 13 would have been larger than normal. I did know one or two families that were about 8-9 kids though. Nowadays it's more likely to be between 1-3. Stories of people lying about their age to enlist in WWII were quite common in Australia.
I'm a December baby (sorry, I don't ever post my real birth day or year in public forums), and can relate to the "Happy Birthday/Happy Hanukkah" or "Happy Birthday/MerryChristmas" gifts from childhood.
Of course, we didn't really celebrate Christmas, so the whole "getting a ton of Christmas presents" is kind of alien to me . We got small gifts each night of Hannukah. But some of them were definitely combo gifts
For those not in the US, on your federal income taxes you get a tax deduction for children who lived with you in the calendar year. The deduction is the same whether your child is born on January 1st or December 31, so I always jokingly refer to myself and others born the last few weeks of December as "tax deduction babies".
They probably didn't...the eldest kids would have helped look after them.
My mum and my brother are both Christmas babies born on Christmas day. We used to have 3 birthdays to celebrate Christmas day though as my mum's Aunt was also a christmas baby and I almost had my eldest around then. I started getting contractions and Mum said lie down and relax do not do anything energetic...and they stopped. Luckily...
Happy Belated Birthday Alisa! I hope you had a great day!