By Aubree Bailey
On February 2, 2018

Aubree Bailey
Managing Editor

Many people’s favorite holidays are nationally-celebrated ones such as Thanksgiving or Christmas.

While these special days hold a distinctive place in my heart, my favorite holidays are birthdays.

Okay, maybe they aren’t technically holidays, per se. But they are celebrations set on a specific day each year, so you have to admit they are somewhat akin to the traditional holidays, in theory at least.

There are so many things I love about birthdays, cake being close to the top of that list.

Personally, I like to enjoy my mom’s homemade amaretto cake on my day.

My dad likes Italian cream cake or German chocolate cake, and my brother prefers having a pie.

Of course, cake isn’t everything in a birthday celebration.

I not only am elated to receive gifts on my birthday, I love to give people birthday presents.

Little compares to the joyous satisfaction of finding the perfect gift and watching your friend or family member open it.

However, what I cherish most about birthdays isn’t as materialistic as cake or presents.

I adore the fact that it is a celebration of life.

I am often guilty of neglecting to appreciate that I am alive and able to enjoy what the world has to offer: beauty, family, friends, joy, and so much more.

Birthdays are a chance to pause and recognize how grateful you are to be alive another year.

Celebrating the birthdays of friends and family is an opportunity for us to reflect on how fortunate we are to have that person in our life.

My birthday is in less than a week, and while I am definitely looking forward to eating amaretto cake and unwrapping gifts, I am more excited about the fact that it means I am still part of this world.

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