History of “The Birthday” Tradition

Happy_Birthday_wishes_12769Early man did not celebrate birthdays until after they began to understand lunar cycles then subsequently established calendars.

Before the rise of Christianity, birthday celebrations were a form of protection. It was a common belief that evil spirits were more dangerous to a person when he or she experienced a change in their daily life, such as turning a year older. To protect them from harm, friends and family would gather around the birthday person and bring good cheers, thoughts and wishes. Giving gifts brought even more good cheer to ward off the evil spirits.

In todays culture, we see it as just a way of honoring our friends and family.  When you need something to make it just a little more special, go to www.eastonpublishing.com.  Let them know how much they mean to you with one of our unique cards. :) It will brighten their day and yours as well.


The Birthday Card They’ll Keep Forever

So you’ve chosen that special birthday card and now it’s time to write something profound, clever, heartfelt, etc.


Did you know, the average person takes up to 20 minutes to decide what to pen in that special card?

card21lg1.jpgYou want it to be memorable, convey how you feel about them and above all, make them smile.


Here are some helpful phrases from the famous.

  1. And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln
  2. Looking fifty is great–if you’re sixty.- Joan Rivers
  3. Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.-Helen Hayes
  4. A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday. - Erma Bombeck
  5. May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine. - Frank Sinatra
  6. At 20 years of age the will reigns; at 30 the wit; at 40 the judgement. -Benjamin Franklin
  7. We turn not older with years, but newer every day. - Emily Dickinson
  8. Men are like wine. Some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.- Pope John XXIII
  9. People ask me what I’d most appreciate getting for my eighty-seventh birthday. I tell them, a paternity suit. - George Burns
  10. All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much. - George Harrison
  11. Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age. - Victor Hugo
  12. Like many women my age, I am 28 years old. – Mary Schmich
  13. May you live all the days of your life. - Jonathan Swift
  14. An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have because the older she gets the more interested he becomes.Agatha Christie
  15. The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. - Oprah Winfrey
  16. The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. - Lucille Ball
  17. Live not one’s life as though one had a thousand years, but live each day as the last. – Marcus Aurelius
  18. Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Jack Benny
  19. You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, ‘See if you can blow this out.’ - Jerry Seinfeld
  20. We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be. - Lauren Hutton

Keep plenty of special birthday cards on hand order them here.  Then remember to add one of the quotes above among your personal sentiments.  They’ll keep it forever…

Have a wonderful day and make it count!