Why I Am Happy Today

Some people dislike, even dread their birthdays.


 Especially as I collect more and more, each one is all the more reason to celebrate.

While I like to look for things to revel in, and be happy about most every day, on my birthday l am determined to squeeze all the fun, silliness and specialness out of the day that  is possible. 

Did you know– “The tradition of birthday parties started in Europe a long time ago.

It was feared that evil spirits were particularly attracted to people on their birthdays.

To protect them from harm, friends and family would to come be with the birthday person and bring good thoughts and wishes.

Giving gifts brought even more good cheer to ward off the evil spirits. This is how birthday parties began.

At first it was only kings who were recognized as important enough to have a birthday celebration (maybe this is how the tradition of birthday crowns began?).

 As time went by, children became included in birthday celebrations. The first children’s birthday parties occurred in Germany and were called Kinderfeste.”  Courtesy of

When Robert, my oldest nephew first started to speak, his toddler shorthand for “Happy Birthday Aunt Marie” was “Happy to You, Aunt Re!”.   Anyone else celebrating today?  HAPPY TO YOU!!