The esteemed historian and great brother Mike spoke to me about birthday inflation the other day.
For non-academics, birthday inflation is the expansion of the celebration of a child’s birthday from a single day in 1975 to nine consecutive days as of April, 2012. This represents an annual compounded increase of over 6%.
I would like to point out here that birthday inflation should not be confused with “birthday gras” – which is when an egocentric adult celebrates his/her own birthday for a week or more.
Factors leading to birthday inflation include:
- · Needing to celebrate on exact day of birthday
- · Desire to have special meal on convenient day that is not necessarily the date of birth
- · If relatives visit more cake is needed
- · Day of festivities or party
- · Cupcakes at school day
- · Perceived ace in the hole – “It’s my birthday, we get to do something special now, right?”
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