The Birthday Girls

My family (well really just the girls) have been getting together for many years.  In fact, the very first year we got together for a birthday was at Mothers Pizza and I think it was my birthday but really I am not sure.  This picture below was taken at Mexicali Rosa at one of the very early birthdays.

Anyway, we came up with this idea that we  would get together for each others birthday….so there was my mom, my moms’ friend, my sister in law, my sister and me.    So, whoever had the birthday could choose the food, the restaurant, etc.  so it was quite fun but of course after awhile we found that it was getting to be a little too pricey to be going out all the time.

For many years (and I do have the pictures to prove it) we celebrated together with food, wine, laughs and of course presents.  And we continue to celebrate today!!  The birthday girl can decide on the food and she would get presents galore.  It was pretty amazing really, better than Christmas, as the birthday girl would get a present from each person.   I am not sure that we had any sort of limit on what we were suppose to spend on each other but it ended up being around $50. per person, so can you imagine getting five gifts worth $50. or more,  and it seemed that this limit was increasing all the time.  Needless to say this was becoming a little stressful as we would be bringing all of this stuff home and then thinking “where am I going to put all of this?”

So, we began discussing the whole process and ended up coming up with a new plan.   Our new plan was to be more eco-friendly, really?  Well, we didn’t call it that but really that is what we were doing.  We decided to come up with themes for the birthdays and each person could decide.  My sister came up with the theme of “the ugly gift” which just makes me laugh a lot.  The idea was that we had to find something in our home that we thought was ugly and give it to her as a gift.   That was so fun!! I wish I had pictures of the “ugly gifts” she would have received.  However, what you think is ugly and I think of as ugly might not be the same thing.  So this was so much fun!!

We have had some great themes which continue on today.  Some of the themes have been;  something you have around your home you no longer need, a gift you received that you didn’t love, a tacky gift, sexy gift,  surprise gift,  something you found somewhere,  gifts for charity,  etc. and you just never know what you might end up with.  And now, we are not bringing all this new stuff into our homes.

This tradition has become more about getting together, honouring each other and growing in love and friendship.  This is certainly one of the great supports that I have in my life and I am honoured, blessed and grateful  for this group of family and friends.

I know we haven’t changed a bit lol

About Kimberley

I am a Case Manager at My Sisters' Place which is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association London Middlesex. My Sisters' Place is a program for vulnerable women. I love my job and all the wonderful women I work with. I am very honored to do this work with women who have been through so much and are so open in sharing their stories. I initiated and designed a Clearing Clutter Support Group which I have been facilitating since 2007 with a co-worker. I love running this group and learn so much from the participants. We offer this eight week program three or four times a year. I started my business Space For You in 2010 and work with individuals in their homes as well as offer some workshops in the community. I am available to speak to groups on "De-Cluttering Your Life", "The Magic of De-Cluttering", "Space Clearing" or really anything to do with clutter and hoarding.
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