Why are birthdays such a huge deal for some families? I know some parents who don't let their kids go out with their friends or do anything on their birthdays except stay home and "celebrate" it (how much can you really DO, even?) with their family all day long. Some parents don't even let their kids go to school on their birthdays! I just don't understand how turning one day older is so important. If you turn 15 or 20 or 30 is it really necessary to spend your entire day fixating on the fact that it's your birthday with your family? I know it's fun to have cake and maybe have a special birthday breakfast or dinner, but I don't think the entire 24-hour period deserves such freak-outage. Why do some people treat a birthday as if it's as sacred as Christmas or Easter or the Second Coming?
Or maybe I'm just jealous because I never have birthday parties or get cake or presents or wished happy birthday by anyone except my parents for my birthday.