Make it an Unforgettable Birthday!
- The first known birthday celebrations began among the Egyptians with
parades, circuses, and gladiatorial events - all complete with feasts
that sometimes lasted for days. Romans celebrated the birthdays of
their gods with parades and chariot races. Mortals were not
encouraged to celebrate their birthdays in Rome. Germany introduced
the tradition of birthday cakes about 200 years ago. The cake itself
was filled with gifts that predicted the recipient's life in the
upcoming year. For example, if the slice of cake contained a ring, it
symbolized impending marriage. A coin guaranteed riches throughout
the next year. If the cake fell while baking, it ensured impending
doom to the one celebrating a birthday. Today, various countries
celebrate birthdays in unique ways.
In the United States, the traditional birthday ritual calls for
giving gifts to the one celebrating his special day. Selecting
the "right" gift depends on the individual, his interests, and how
well you know him. Instead of purchasing the "same old" thing, add a
unique twist to your birthday gift selections this year and watch out
for the positive feedback! Below are several ideas that you may wish
to give thought to as you plan your next birthday gift list for every
child, teen, or adult in your life....