Shar­ing a birth­day with Je­sus

Two Con­cep­tion Bay North chil­dren have a spe­cial birth­day


Christ­mas Day is uni­ver­sally known to Chris­tians as the birth­day of Je­sus Christ, but for two Con­cep­tion Bay North fam­i­lies it means a lit­tle bit more.

These two fam­i­lies cel­e­brate birthdays on Dec. 25, en­sur­ing a life­time of mix­ing birthdays and Christ­mases, and try­ing to strike a bal­ance be­tween the two.

Pay­ton Hutchings, 3, and Ian Brazil, 11, are the two chil­dren who share their birth­day with Our Lord and Saviour.

“I share a birth­day with baby Je­sus!” ex­claimed Pay­ton, who lives in Til­ton.

It is not just baby Je­sus they share a birth­day with. Pro­fes­sional basketball player Eric Gor­don was born on Christ­mas Day in 1988.

The cur­rent leader of the Lib­eral party in Canada, Justin Trudeau, was a Christ­mas baby. The same goes for Cana­dian songstress Alan­nah Myles and Bri­tish singer An­nie Len­nox.

‘Here’s look­ing at you, kid’ ac­tor Humphrey Bog­art was an­other Christ­mas baby.

“I’m glad (Ian) was born on Christ­mas Day,” said Matthew Brazil, Ian’s fa­ther. “It’s a spe­cial day. It couldn’t have worked out any bet­ter.

“His first cousin was born on Christ­mas Eve.” The Brazil’s live in Spa­niard’s Bay. In an in­ter­est­ing twist, Pay­ton is not the only mem­ber of her fam­ily that was born on this sa­cred day. Her great aunt, Prov­i­dence Roberts, was also born on Dec. 25.

With both shar­ing the same birth­day, it is only fit­ting that they share a sim­i­lar de­liv­ery story.

“My due date was on Christ­mas Eve, but she came a day later,” said Kayla Hutchings, Pay­ton’s mother.

Mar­i­lyn Brazil, Ian’s mother, had orig­i­nally hoped her son would not be born on Christ­mas Day.

“5:01 on Christ­mas Eve Matt went to park the car and I was in emer­gency,” she re­mem­bers. “He was born 20 to four in the evening.”

When the ba­bies were born, both were brought to their par­ents in red Christ­mas stock­ings.

“Her lit­tle head was peek­ing out,” Kayla re­called with a smile. Pay­ton’s fa­ther’s name is Wayne. For both fam­i­lies, jug­gling the joys of a birth­day along with Christ- mas Day can be a task, but both have a good han­dle on the act.

Kayla has taken the steps to di­vide both days, mak­ing them both a spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

“I usu­ally have her birth­day party the week be­fore Christ­mas,” she told The Com­pass.

Kayla wants Pay­ton to have the ex­pe­ri­ences of both days, even though Pay­ton may seem a lit­tle more ex­cited for Christ­mas.

“I can’t wait to see her blow out her can­dles,” she said.

The Brazils tend to do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

Ian has both Christ­mas and his birth­day on the same day. In the morn­ing, the fam­ily will cel­e­brate the birth of Je­sus the usual way, with gifts and stock­ings, etc. But, in the af­ter­noon, it will be time for Ian’s birth­day.

A few of his friends and fam­ily will come over, there will be cake and there will be gifts that Santa couldn’t get too.

Ready for the sea­son

When you ask Ian and Pay­ton if they’re ex­cited for Christ­mas, their re­sponse is writ­ten all over their faces.

Each give a smile that stretches the width of their faces and their eyes lit up.

“I ’m ex­cited for Christ­mas,” ex­claims Pay­ton.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited,” said Ian.

Pay­ton has asked for a Bar­bie doll in her let­ter to Santa, while Ian has asked for a fly ty­ing kit.

Look­ing back on Christ­mas Day three years ago, Kayla says, “(Pay­ton) was the best gift I ever re­ceived,” she said.

Pho­tos by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Til­ton res­i­dent Pay­ton Hutchings, 3, shares her birth­day with Lib­eral leader Justin Trudeau. They were both born on Christ­mas Day.

Ian Brazil of Spa­niard’s Bay was born Dec. 25, 2001.

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