Xmas birthdays for friends
Brooke and Sophie have a lot in common. They are best friends, are in the same class at school, and were also both born on Christmas Day.
The girls, both seven turning eight on Sunday, are two of 9700 people in New Zealand who were born on December 25 between 1980 and 2015, according to Stat- istics New Zealand.
There were ups and downs for both of the Cromwell youngsters being born on Christmas Day - but they wanted to put the record straight - they don’t get double the amount of presents on Christmas Day, nor are they cheated out of presents.
Brooke says her birthday is celebrated in the middle of the year, while Sophie gets her birth- day bash the first weekend in December.
‘‘I have my party in December because if you have it on Christmas some people won’t be able to make it,’’ Sophie says.
Brooke says she doesn’t open any birthday presents on Christmas Day.
‘‘Say, we got fish...we will open it on Christmas Day. Like I did. I got a fish tank for my birthday in the middle of the year, then I got a fish on my proper birthday.’’
Sophie’s mum Katie Thomson says Sophie was born three days early in Invercargill.
‘‘I didn’t go into labour until about 10am so by then we had already had Christmas with the kids so it wasn’t really a big deal in our house. I said to the midwife when I knew it was going to be the 28th, I was like, ‘oh my gosh, as long as it’s not Christmas’.’’
Although Sophie’s birthday had already been celebrated - wishing her a ‘‘happy birthday’’ before ‘‘Merry Christmas’’ was of upmost importance on her actual birthday, she says.
‘‘I got it wrong one year and didn’t say it first and she got the pip...so we have to make sure we do that one first but we don’t make too much of a fuss.’’
Christmas babies and best buddies Sophie Thomson, 7, and Brooke Webb, 7, both of Cromwell.