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Old 08-28-2014, 01:08 PM
 
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An informal, casual dinner or lunch with family and/or friends is enough for me--although I do have a little ritual--to try to spend some time in reflection about my life on that day. Looking at old pictures, playing some old music, thinking about what I want to accomplish in the time remaining. I tend to make "resolutions" for the year on my birthday rather than the new year, but I am no better sticking to them for doing so.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:10 PM
 
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When I reached 60, I hoped never to celebrate a birthday again.
However that was not meant to be as others like to remind me.
How do you feel about elder birthdays? Celebrate or not?
Nope. No one celebrates my birthday, and no one has in decades. Since I was in first grade or thereabouts. My family is not into things like that.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Dinner maybe, but I 'hate' getting presents and tell everyone to not do so. I have everything I need and if I need something else, I'll go out and get it. Besides, I'm at the point where I need to start getting rid of my junk. To simplify my life in anticipation of retirement in a couple more years. I'll be moving and don't want to take all that crap with me. Some of it hasn't been used for years. I don't want more stuff, especially stuff I can't use.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:30 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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I like the German custom and follow that as much as possible.

A birthday is a celebration of living, one more year lived and life to go. The birthday man/woman throws a party and invites friends and family to share in the celebration of being alive. No presents. Champagne/sect/wine abound. It is just a happy party where people celebrate life and living (two different things).
I like that. I don't like people to feel they must bring a present.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:32 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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Dinner maybe, but I 'hate' getting presents and tell everyone to not do so. I have everything I need and if I need something else, I'll go out and get it. Besides, I'm at the point where I need to start getting rid of my junk. To simplify my life in anticipation of retirement in a couple more years. I'll be moving and don't want to take all that crap with me. Some of it hasn't been used for years. I don't want more stuff, especially stuff I can't use.
I have a lot of stuff, too. Don't want to hurt feelings by getting rid of it.
So I drag it out when necessary. But running out of space.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Duncan, Oklahoma
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My husband and I celebrate our birthdays with a quiet dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant. Sometimes our daughter or my mother celebrates with us. Usually it's just the two of us.

Gifts are never given. We don't need or want anything from anyone, and if we DO need or want something, we just go out and get it ourselves. (I do, however, give my mom and our daughter something on their birthdays. I enjoy giving.)

My 61st birthday is coming up in October. His 61st is in March. Now I'm craving Mexican food. We may just have to make a trip to our favorite Mexican restaurant tomorrow.
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:04 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I've got a birthday coming up and I'll probably get a card and a little bit of chocolate or something like that. Maybe we'll go to a fancy restaurant. All the years I was working, I would have to work on my birthday so my birthday was just another day. In retirement, there is time to celebrate the fact that you were ever born!
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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The Western World celebrates my birthday with huge parties in Times Square, and a few hours earlier (or later?) Paris, Rome, London, etc.

I was born on New Year's Eve.
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:16 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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The Western World celebrates my birthday with huge parties in Times Square, and a few hours earlier (or later?) Paris, Rome, London, etc.

I was born on New Year's Eve.
Mine lands on a holiday every 6 years.
I was always told that my Mom ate too much turkey and I was born the next day

As for celebrating, of course! I made it another year!
And I love presents, as long as they're Amazon or Visa gift cards
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:20 PM
 
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No. I hate birthdays and any other forced, artificial event. Now, graduations I LOVE because that takes achievement, not just being alive. Many years ago I informed my family that I would give money presents to all my nieces and nephews as long as they were in college. I also would send at least $1,000 a year per kid, when they were in college. Now, about 30 years later, I have done that and send nothing else: no cards, no phone calls, nothing. They are adults and have their own families. I also receive nothing from my family. I like this way.
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