Wednesday, May 13, 2009

At What Age Do You Stop Celebrating Birthdays?

I come from a fairly large family and we're all close-knit. We celebrate birthdays for everyone in our family, regardless of age. Because of this, there's an awful lot of birthday celebrations throughout the year. For example, in February, we had a cookout and presents for my brother-in-law's 46th birthday. Sometimes the parties are somewhat small and simple. We'll have a gathering in one of our homes with a dinner and presents for the birthday person. Other times, it is somewhat extravagant with skating, bowling, or swimming parties. It has been this way for as long as I can remember. If you're in my family by blood or marriage, you can guarantee you're going to have a party thrown for you. In fact, my brother's girlfriend got thrown into the party scheme when my mother threw a birthday party for her....and she's just the girlfriend of one year.
I, for one, do not have a problem with this. I enjoy the gatherings, even though it seems like there's one going on every weekend. I like making the birthday person feel special and it's another excue to get together with the family.
However, a couple of people have voiced their opinion within the last month that we seem to have an awful lot of get-togethers and birthday parties. They went on further to say that we should stop having birthday parties for people once they reach a certain age.
What's your take on this? Do you celebrate birthdays for everyone, regardless of age, or do you have an unwritten rule that the parties cease once a person reaches a certain age?


Cascia Talbert said...

I think it is up to the family. I come from a very large family too and we celebrate multiple birthdays at once. That makes it a lot easier for everyone because then we don't get together as often.

Barefoot Mommies said...

i say never stop...its a party wth free food...yum LOL