Tuesday 6 December 2016

Those with Christmas birthdays miss out on more than €1,400 worth of presents

Published 23/12/2015 | 10:19

Those who celebrate their birthday at Christmas get a raw deal when it comes to presents
Those who celebrate their birthday at Christmas get a raw deal when it comes to presents

Those who celebrate their birthday at Christmas get a raw deal when it comes to presents as they lose out on more than €1,400 worth of gifts by the time they turn 30.

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New research has found that those who celebrate their birthday on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or St. Stephen’s Day fall victim to double-gifting, where sneaky family members and friends give just one present for both occasions.

More than 70pc of Christmas babies admitted that they have been cheated and unwrap just five presents at Christmas time on average. People born at other points in the year also receive an average of five presents at Christmas, but are once again treated to additional gifts on their birthday.

The research, conducted by Three, found that many people born at Christmas wish they were born at a different time.

Meanwhile, those born at Christmas also feel that their birthday is neglected by their friends and family who are too busy celebrating the festive season to help them blow out the candles.

More than half (51pc) of those surveyed said their chums make little effort to throw parties and clink glasses in celebration of festive birthdays as they are too consumed with Christmas cheer.

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