1. I’ll let others debate the relative merits of “balloons,” “cupcakes,” and “songs,” but the chief virtue of a summer birthday is easy: NO SCHOOL. Do you really want to spend your special day trapped in a classroom or cramming for a test? I didn’t think so.
2. Science tells us to soak in the rays: Summer birthdays are good for your health!
In 2010, a team of research scientists affiliated with Vanderbilt University exposed baby mice to varying levels of sunlight. Their findings, unpacked in a report published in Nature Neuroscience, suggested that those raised in summer-like conditions had friendlier personalities and “coped better than those who went through the winter cycle.” The winter-cycle mice exhibited symptoms akin to humans suffering from seasonal affective disorder.
Douglas McMahon, one of the study’s authors, also noted in an interview with the Daily Mail that their work (and that of others) revealed “people born in the winter months have an elevated risk of mood disorders such as seasonal depression, bipolar depression, and schizophrenia.” Yikes!
3. So many prezzies, so little competition from holiday fatigue.
1. A summer birthday puts you on the far side of the Christmas orbit, when gift fatigue ebbs lowest.
2. I feel for anyone with a birthday in December or January, sentenced as you are to a lifetime of awkward combo gifts from cheapskate family members.
3. Aside from July Fourth, summer lacks for any major holidays that might otherwise crowd the calendar.