It is clearly party season in the world of my soon-to-be-eight year old. In the last week she has attended three parties and my inbox tonight brought her yet another invitation. Further to that is her own party in three weeks time. This is on top of the three other parties she attended at the beginning of term. I kid you not. I suppose things really do come in threes.
All these birthday celebrations got me wondering; why so many? What is it about Sept-Nov that meant so many offspring were popped out during these three Autumn months? I did the math and came to a few conclusions:
September babies are likely to be the result of too much festive drinking and merry-making during the run-up to Christmas.
October babies clearly celebrated the New Year.
November babies are a result of Valentine’s Day and clearly not enough abstinence for Lent.
What do you mean I’m generalising a bit? Me? Generalise? Never…..
Either way it’s an expensive season. I have waxed lyrical about party bags and costs before so I won’t bore you, but I do think a better way to do things is to scrap party bags (which cost about a fiver each to make up) and say no presents please. Now, you can leave it at that and be quids in OR if you are feeling
guilty generous you can take the fivers you would have spent on party bags and pool it into one BIG present for the birthday girl/boy! This makes sense in my brain. The guests are a fiver each better off (no present to buy) but a party bag down. The birthday child remains on an even keel but instead of lots of small presents they get one really nice present or the cash in their savings account! Or give the money to charity? Teach them about give and take.
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