Update: 13 Dec 2016
Mom has passed now and is with her mother and grandmother looking down on me as I celebrate yet another birthday. My Mom always made birthdays special, not just for us but even for strangers I would bring home that had no family close by. That is a gift I gave to my children as they are doing now for theirs!
I came across some old birthday books, and it just happens to be my birthday!
I love birthdays! They are always a celebration in our family, as they were in my parents', grandparents' and great-grandparents' families!
Mom getting kisses from her great grandchildren on her 90th birthday, 2015
Granny getting kisses from her great-grandchildren on her 90th birthday, 1984
My great-grandmother with her grown children on her 75th birthday, 1942
I sure hope I am around to get kisses from my great-grandchildren on my 90th birthday!
My grandmother never forgot an anniversary or a birthday. She always bought her greeting cards ahead of time and kept them in her Birthday Organizer. It was a book of envelopes in which she could place the cards for each month and write on the line for the right day the names of people having birthdays or anniversaries.
Something like this....
In the 1800's to early 1900's it was popular to give someone a Birthday Book. Some of these books had sayings or poems from famous writers, some had birthdays of famous people entered. There were lines to add the birthdays of family and friends.
From Astrological Birthday Book, 1915
I guess I am old enough to have seen some of the movies made by the actors in the Actor Birthday Book. Or, I just like old movies.
How do you celebrate birthdays differently, or the same, as your ancestors?
Actor Birthday Book, 1908
Past and Present Birthday Book, 1899
The Comic Birthday Book, c1900's
The Canadian Birthday Book, English and French, 1887
Astrological Birthday Book, 1915
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