Losing a ‘bonus holiday’: Rockets who share birthdays with holidays miss extra time celebrating

For most people, celebrating their birthday is like a “bonus holiday” but for others who have a birthday near a major holiday, their birthday becomes blended with the holiday celebration.  In a recent Milestone survey, Rockets who have birthdays near or on a holiday shared their thoughts on how this has felt for them over the years.  

For most of the Rockets who answered the survey, they said their birthdays were near Christmas. Freshman Nathan Whitcomb celebrates his birthday on Christmas Day. “I don’t think it’s any different from anyone else’s, it’s pretty normal,” Whitcomb said.  

Freshman Dylan Nguyen said his birthday (Dec. 23) is okay, even though he said, “my presents for my birthday and Christmas are combined.” 

Freshman Natalie Jones, whose birthday is Dec. 30, said, “I do not like it. Because people combine presents, and I could never have a birthday party because of Christmas and New Year’s.”  

Junior Peter Anderson (who birthday is Dec. 24) said, “It is annoying because I can never have a party. It is forgotten because everyone is focused on Christmas.” 

The Rocket shop is a one stop shop for everything McNicholas. They are on holiday hours on Dec. 9, and 16-18. Additional information can be found here: https://www.mcnhs.org/student-life/rocket-shop?cal_date=2021-12-01

The other holiday most Rockets said they had a birthday close to was Valentine’s Day. English teacher Angie Noble said, “My birthday is the 13th so I always get Valentine’s Day candy or flowers for my birthday but nothing for Valentine’s Day. I don’t mind it. I don’t think of Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate anyway. When I was little, I would’ve liked a little extra candy on the 14th but now that I’m older, it’s not a big deal. I always buy Valentine’s candy for my kids, though.” 

Do you share a birthday with a holiday? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts below in the comments.  


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