December madness

    December is one of my favorite months, but it’s also one of the craziest. And that’s not just because of the frenzy that surrounds Christmas. The busyness is partly the result of the number of December birthdays in my family and extended family.

   The birthday onslaught begins on Dec. 2, which is my niece’s birthday and also my late grandfather’s. Then, on Dec. 4, we celebrate my sister’s birthday which she shared with my late father. Mine comes next, on the 6th, and my mom’s is a week later on the 13th. My nephew’s birthday is the next day, the 14th, then we have a lull until Dec. 27, which is my brother-in-law’s birthday.

   With that many birthdays and all but one of them in the first two weeks, it’s hard to get a head-start on Christmas shopping and other Christmas preparations. We’re too busy celebrating birthdays to do that. Sometimes we get so "caked out" by my mom’s birthday that we end up thinking of another dessert to have.