People have endless birthday traditions. Some have huge parties. Others take exotic trips. Nice dinners out are also popular—especially for milestone birthdays. But those with March through May 2020 birthdays (and maybe later) are trading tradition for intimate, at-home celebrations.
Why not change the date for birthday festivities rather than giving up traditions? People with holiday birthdays have shared their days since birth. And cheers to all with September 11th birthdays, one I definitely support moving. Pick a day this summer or fall to celebrate in a way that makes you happy. Or observe that milestone next year as 30+1. It will be equally as festive (or more) and no one will mind the delay—if you don’t.
People have come up with creative celebration alternatives. We’ve all heard about drive-by decorated car parades. Many are creating videos with family and friends’ well wishes—especially popular for the elderly and among parents who don’t want to deprive their tiny children of birthday attention. The most thoughtful celebrations I’ve heard involve friends and families using mechanical lifts to raise themselves to upper floor hospital or nursing home windows or hiring musicians to play outside the honoree’s home. One woman who lives alone took the party a step further by mailing her friends floral leis and drink holders and hosting a virtual luau. Others create at-home spa days with breakfast in bed, bubble bath, and a special dinner.
My last milestone birthday was the most memorable. My boyfriend of a few months asked how I wanted to celebrate my birthday. My answer? I wanted to spend it with people I cared about. But most everyone was scattered since the day falls smack between Christmas and New Year. I invited friends to a local bar for cocktails. He added a surprise. At a designated time, people at the party put on custom t-shirts he delivered to friends and family (many he hadn’t met yet). People who couldn’t be there texted photos of themselves wearing the shirt from New York City, Prague, Tampa, Austin to name a few. It felt like we were all together even though we weren’t. By the way, the boyfriend is a keeper.
During this quarantine time, some have realized what’s most important—being lucky enough to have another birthday and celebrating with those you care most about, whether in person or virtually.
Enjoy your traditions, and celebrate whenever you’d like to make your special day memorable.
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Addison Brae lives in Dallas, Texas on the edge of downtown. As a child, she was constantly in trouble for hiding under the bed to read when she was supposed to be napping. She has been writing since childhood starting with diaries, letters and short stories. She continues today with articles, video scripts and other content as an independent marketing consultant. When she’s not writing, Addison spends her time traveling the world, collecting interesting cocktail recipes and hosting parties. She’s still addicted to reading and enjoys jogging in her neighborhood park, sipping red wine, binge-watching TV series, vintage clothing and hanging out with her artistic other half and their neurotic cat Lucy.
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