Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Birthdays! How to celebrate? #bookgiveaway
By: Jaymie Leighton Müller
From: Breaking the Mould
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries
How do you do birthdays? In some families birthdays are huge weeklong celebrations, and in others, they are hardly noticed. I guess in our family, the Leightons, we hit kind of a middle ground. Mom would have a little family party for my older sister, Becca, and I when we were young. But in recent years we've just had cards, and a gift mailed from Boca Raton (where they live, now) and a phone call. Becca and I always talk on our birthdays, and sometimes we'll go out to dinner with friends. Nice. Laid back. Simple.
But then I married into the Müller family. Wow, do they do things different. Bigger. MUCH bigger. However... in a German family do NOT expect any mention (to you) of your birthday beforehand. It is verboten (LOL! I'm trying to learn a little German) and considered bad luck. My mother-in-law is a superb baker, so for your birthday, you can look forward to an extraordinary cake... whatever kind you like. I chose, for my last birthday, a German Chocolate Cake, of course. And it was delicious.
Having a child has also changed how I view birthdays. Of course Jakob and I go out of our way for Jocie, and make her birthday something special - with her best friends - and a visit somewhere special. We visited a friend's horse farm for her last birthday, and Jocie and her friends all got a turn riding, as well as a cool buggy ride (Emma Spangler bought an antique carriage and has fixed it up) around the property, then a tea party at the Queensville Inn for all the girls, with Jocie as hostess.
So... what do you do for birthdays? Any special family traditions? Or do you keep it low key?
Birthday Bash Giveaway!
It's my birthday on the 26th, and I LOVE giving stuff away!! I'll be doing giveaways all week long, starting today. So... how do you celebrate birthdays in your family? Big deal, or not so much?
Give me a first name and email address, and you will be entered to win your choice of a paperback copy of Leave It to Cleaver, No Grater Danger OR Breaking the Mould, plus bookmarks!
Answer by Midnight, May 22nd... but note that if you comment after midnight on the 21st your comment will go into a moderators queue and be approved the next day.