In Britain, we’ve a habit of being a bit shy about our birthdays.
As the big day approaches, people start asking us questions like:
“What are you up to for your birthday?”
“Can I get you a present? Is there anything you’d like?”
“Are you having a party this year?”
The answers to these tend to be something along the lines of:
“Oh, nothing special.”
“That’s very kind, but no.”
“No, I don’t want to make a fuss.”
For some reason, we have this ingrained idea that there’s something ‘un-British’ about making a big deal of our own birthdays. Which is odd, because most of us love celebrating other people’s and making a big fuss of them.