The Strange History of Birthday Celebrations

For most people, birthdays were once just another day. Industrialization changed that. The idea that everyone should celebrate their birthday is, weirdly, not very old itself. Not until the 19th century—perhaps around 1860 or 1880—did middle-class Americans commonly do so, and not until the early 20th century were birthday celebrations a tradition nationwide. In fact,…

continue reading
No Comments