Xmas birth­days for friends

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

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.

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