The odds of sharing a birthday with Jesus and your brother
When you tell people that you're born on Christmas, they typically react in one of two ways. It's either:
And then there's the internal debate over whether it's worth it to explain that you're Jewish and don't celebrate Christmas.
But you decide to. And there is usually a pretty consistent reaction:
But wait. It gets better. (Or weirder, depending on your outlook.) Your younger brother was also born on Christmas — the very same day, four years later.
As a Jewish Christmas baby who shares a birthday with her brother, I've experienced this series of events more than one can count. It turns out, being born on a holiday is rare, possibly because mothers schedule cesarean sections to avoid it. According to research published in the New York Times, between 1969 to 1988, the birthrate was...