I was reviewing my family events in December and was surprised at the number of celebrations that occur within this 31-day month.
Everyone in my family looks forward to the Christmas celebration, but I noticed that there are quite a few other significant celebrations that should NOT be forgotten.
I knew that my grandparents were married on the 20th.
(Don’t ever forget the wedding anniversary!!)
I am also aware of birthdays for my nephew on the 11th, my sister-in-law on the 15th and her husband on the 26th.
I thought I would have a bit of fun and find out about other relatives that have/had celebrations in December. I had no idea that the search would result in EVERY day in December having a birthday. My search went from 2014 back to the 1850.
Aunts have birthdays on the 11th, 13th and the 25th; an uncle on the 25th and a niece born on the 23rd.
Cousins have been born on every day of December. Several days had more than one person celebrating a birthday. Two cousins celebrated on each of the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 24th and 30th. Three cousins were born on the 6th, 8th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th and 29th. Three cousins celebrate their birthday ON Christmas day.
Four cousins were born on the 11th, 12th, 15th, 21st and 28th. Five were born on the 1st, 9th, & 10th. December 7th was the one date with the most birthdays – six.
While all of this gathering was fun for me, I pause to remember that several of these celebrations were in very non-celebratory situations. Several celebrations occurred during or after major wars. Some were conducted in new homes or surroundings. A few were literally “on the trail” when they were not certain where home was or would be located.
Each birthday belongs to an individual and each individual has a story. It is the stories of our ancestors and relatives that make our heritage a treasure to pass on to generations not yet born.
Perhaps your family tree is as popular with December events as ours. Maybe your family is crowded with June weddings or April birthdays or fall reunions. Every month and each day is a wonderful time to celebrate.
During this season of family gatherings enjoy the visits. Keep all of the holiday cards and letters. Be sure to record all of the information – personal and event related – while it is still fresh in your memory.
Your family tree will blossom with information and stories. Your past and present celebrations will be cherished events.