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Greetings, fellow winter babies! As I’m sure you already know, celebrating your birthday during the colder months can mean a number of things… both good and bad. I’ve taken it upon myself to compile a list of these winter baby perks and quirks for your (hopeful) entertainment because, let me tell you, winter babies really are something else, or, at least, I assume so. I haven’t had a birthday in any other season, and I don’t think I will anytime soon, so I really wouldn’t know.

To get the bad out of the way first, let’s start with the cons and then move on to the pros, shall we?

Con: Limited Celebration Choices

Chances are, if you’re a winter baby, outdoor birthday celebrations aren’t really a viable option for you. Pool party? Beach day? Picnic at the park with some backyard games? Super fun! Unless, you know, it’s freezing outside. I like bowling as much as the next person, but it would be nice to mix it up every once in a while.

Con: Post-Holiday Blues

This one is especially true for January babies. While you’re getting hype for the most important day of the year (your birthday), all your friends are still coming down off their Christmas and New Year’s highs. Furthermore, convincing anyone to go out is difficult when New Year’s Resolutions are too brand-spanking new to be broken and wallets have been freshly emptied by holiday spending sprees.

Con: Getting Sick

Want to know what goes great with birthday cake? Ice cream! As for runny noses and head colds, though… not so much. There’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be sick on your birthday, thanks to cold and gloomy weather, as well as an abundance of seasonal diseases. It’s hard to party when the flu is running rampant.

Pro: Birthday Snow!

Depending on where you live, it might snow on your birthday! I am happy to say that I’ve had my birthday snowed out before, and it was magical. It was as if the sky was raining down sparkly, cold snowflake confetti in honor of my existence. Take that, summer babies!

Pro: Something to Look Forward To

For a lot of people, dreary winter weather can be a real downer, but, if your birthday is just around the corner, you have something to look forward to within the winter season! A burst of joy in a not-always-joyful season, a birthday can bring a little bit of sunshine into a gloomy world where most things are either dead or sleeping until the spring.

Pro: Presents, Baby!

If you’re spoiled like me, the odds (and department stores) are in your favor. From what I can tell, all of the best sales come right after the end of the Christmas season… a major win for January birthdays in particular! ‘Tis the season for glorious, glorious consumerism in pretty little packages.

Pro: You’re a Rarity!

According to Bustle.com, the least common birthday months are December, January and February, making you a one of a kind unicorn in a world full of summer babies. Look at you, you special little snowflake! You were a hipster the moment you came out of the womb!

Pro: You’re Basically Elsa.

What do you mean I don’t have frosty, magical ice powers? It certainly feels like I should, considering the Frozen queen is a seasonal icon.

There you have it, a complete compilation of the woes and victories of winter babies. Happy birthday and stay warm!

Emily Stellman

Chapel Hill '21

Emily is an aspiring author that studies English and Comparative Literature at UNC. She is also minoring in History and hopes to one day become a lawyer or work in a museum. Her interests include music, doting on her pets and all things Disney!