In my family we only give birthday presents to the kids. Everybody gets a birthday dinner. They choose the menu and the kind of cake or sometimes pie.
At least, that's the way it's always been before.
Now, it is impossible to get everyone together at the same time.
I work Tuesday to Saturday nights until 1am. Another person works Wednesday to Sunday nights. Another person works out of town and is only home late Friday to early Sunday. One person works 8 to 5 weekdays. Another person works 11 to 7 weekdays. Still another works weekend days.
Recently my mom retired (finally). You'd think that would make things a little easier right? Not so. She always worked PRN which means she could be available when she needed to be so she was never a problem. Well, except for her whirlwind of a social life!!!
It's only going to get worse. My gdaughter turns 15 this year. Guess what she is most excited about? Learning to drive.
I suspect birthday dinners will soon be a thing in the past for this family.
Question is - what do we replace them with?
How do we honor the day that our various family members were born?
How does your family do it?