The Alleyway

By Alana Edgin
On December 1, 2016

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo

When I was in elementary, I thought all the Christmas decorations were for me. I thought everyone was so excited about me.

Then I was told I have to share my birthday with Christmas, and I thought I could I accept that.

It’s still my birthday, and Christmas Eve.

I feel like everyone on the planet has a normal birthday.

They can have a whole day, dedicated just to their birth. Then there’s me, the girl who was born on Christmas Eve.

There are others who have holiday birthdays, and struggle with it.

I’ve been spared from the Christmas/birthday combo due to my parents dictating to the extended family that my birthday happens first.

I appreciate that they did that so much.

One problem is, we always travel on Christmas Eve.

We do pancakes, birthday cake and ice cream for breakfast, I open presents and then we pack up to go to the Clark Christmas celebration at my grandma’s.

I do have fun, but I feel a bit jealous of those who get a whole day to celebrate.

Once at the Clark gathering, we put on the Christmas play.

This entails full costumes, reading from a script and singing. The Clarks are also Mormon, so absolutely no alcohol.

Last year’s birthday was a little sad because I turned 21 and was not able to drink.

There was no way I was showing up to the gathering with alcohol on my breath.

After the play, we have presents.

Once my family is done there, we head off to Midland to celebrate with my aunt and uncle.

This is still on Christmas Eve. In one day, I have been in the car for anywhere from three to eight hours. When we get there, I get a few birthday presents.

Generally, it’s late at night and we are all tired.

I may sound a bit spoiled, since I do get presents and cake, and some people don’t even get that.

I’m happy my family has put emphasis on my birthday. I’m happy I get presents and get to be with family.

But, I never got to have a birthday party on my birthday with friends.

This year I helped throw a surprise party for one of my best friends. She went home for a few days prior and came back a day after her birthday to an apartment full of balloons, food and presents.

I’m a bit bummed that I don’t get to have a party with friends and family.

I don’t get a whole day to celebrate my birthday.

I have to share with Christmas.

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