I haven't done much for my birthdays over the years, didn't have an 18th or a 21st. But last year everything changed. I had a baby on my birthday, in a year where it fell on Mother's day. So I expect my birthdays will be taking a giant step back at this point, but I got the best birthday present anyone could ever get so I'm ok with that.
For the record, I was born on mother's day too, it falls on my birthday ever 6 years.
It depends what you mean by celebrate. I haven't had a birthday party since I was ten. I usually don't do anything for my birthday other than going out for an evening meal with my family. This year was different. No meal, but we went on a tour of a historic house.
Our family celebrate by having a family dinner at a restaurant. As two of my daughters were born before Christmas, we used to celebrate their birthdays on the first Sunday in December to separate it from Christmas. This was usually something celebrated at home so the whole family would be there.
I celebrate each one in that I usually go out for dinner and also get a pressie or two from family and friends - and it's a great excuse to have cake! HOWEVER, do I admit/acknowledge the age I'm turning? Hell no! I've decided to start going backwards or maybe just 'hover' for a while. :)
While I'm still breathing. Usually spent with a bunch of girlfriends "doing" lunch. When my husband was alive we'd go out to dinner for each other's birthday. Now my son usually takes me out to theatre, lunch or dinner and buys me flowers.
I would think 21 years as that is special.
Then probably 40, 60 and 65 plus whatever one decides is worth celebrating.
Of course the magic 100 years.
Dining out is great but you can't beat having it home with close friends and family.
Celebrate any ocassion possible I say. Birthdays, anniversaries, Fridays! Celebrate life. We are lucky if we keep having birthdays. My celebrations don't have to involve food, drinks or even friends. Celebrate with a sleep in, or an early start. Celebrate by taking lunch out under a tree instead of indoors. Celebrate by painting your nails, watching a favourite movie or an early night. Find reasons to be grateful. Buy yourself some flowers or buy some as a gift for someone else. I will not stop celebrating birthdays. I love them and the best one might be my next one.