AS someone who has their birthday in December, generally you can’t help but feel you’ve got a bit of a rough deal.
Not only is it practically impossible to plan a party (“oh sorry, it’s my work Christmas do that night”) but most people think it’s perfectly acceptable to double up on gifts (it’s not).
But apparently there is some benefit to being born in the same month as Christmas.
Various scientific (and some not-so-scientific) studies heap praise on having a December birthday, for a range of different reasons.
The best one being, we live longer.
According to a study published in the Journal of Ageing Research, having a birthday in the final month of the year means you’re more likely to remain on this earth beyond the age of 100.
The December-born have a significantly higher risk of surviving up to age 105+
Journal of Ageing Research
The study said: “This study suggests that the December-born have a significantly higher risk of surviving up to age 105+ compared to the June-born.”
We’re also nicer people. A survey of college students in America revealed people born in December complain less than others and are less prone to mood swings.
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We’re also healthier. A study of 1,749,400 people from the United States suggests December babies have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
According to its principal investigator, the findings are down to “seasonal variations”.
As if that wasn’t good enough, we’re also destined to become dentists.
Researchers from the Office of National Statistics found a statistical link between birth month and certain professions, reports The Mirror.
December babies are also natural born athletes, according to a study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine.
Apparently it’s all down to us being exposed to more vitamin D during our mum’s summer pregnancy.
We’re also morning people (now, this is one claim I dispute).
Research published in the US National Library of Medicine found people born in December are more likely to love early nights (true) and springing out of bed early (not so true).
Meanwhile we revealed why you should throw away your Christmas tree if you spot a walnut-sized lump – as it could be a cluster of praying mantis eggs.
In other news, these were the most popular Christmas baby names last year.
And if you fancy a brainteaser, find the Christmas baby hidden in Santa’s workshop.