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In our (american) family birthdays are celebrated fairly equally. If it's a big number, like 18, 30,40,50, 60, 70, etc.... they get a bigger party. |
Well, actually that's not true. Kids get parties more often than adults. We don't always have parties for adults, sometimes just a few of us might get together with a small cake & a few presents, but not usually a big deal, maybe a bit of extra food than usual.
Sometimes for a kid we'll have a "family party" with just the family, and then a "kids party", inviting the kid's friends. The family party is more quiet, but if it was one big party, the grandparents, aunts, uncles, wouldn't want to all sit around with a bunch of kids they don't even know (loud, messy, etc...) so they might have two parties.
Here's one thing I DON'T LIKE:
It seems nowadays, around here, kids all expect to have a party at a PLACE. There are places that are in business to throw parties. They handle everything: food, drinks, cake, games, entertainment. You'd pay $10-18 per child. Or maybe they'll have a party at a place like a bowling alley or somewhere that has sports or rides. That's ok sometimes, but these days a kid isn't happy unless he gets one of these big parties at a big place. It's too expensive!!!
My party life growing up was much different. We had to make our own fun with only sticks and rocks. Ok, it wasn't that bad, but close.