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Madison Wright blows out her birthday candles on Dec. 25

She knows all about Christmas birthdays

Madison Wright, an Ada High School senior, was born on Dec. 25, 2001. Not knowing too many people with a Christmas Day birthday, we were curious ow she spends the day. Here’s part of our interview:

Click here to read Bluffton Icon's interview with Eden Nygaard, a Bluffton HS junior, who also has a Dec. 25 birthday.

Icon: What’s your first-ever birthday you can remember? 
This is a hard one. I might have been around 4 or 5 and we went to Disney World for Christmas. I remember watching the Christmas parade on my birthday. 

Icon: When did you figure out that the date of your birth was unusual in terms of a party and or presents?
Probably closer to 3rd or 4th grade when I realized that I couldn’t do the usual things that my friends did on their birthdays. I realized that I couldn't have a birthday party on my actual birthday, or hang out with friends and I would never be at school on my birthday. Now as I am older there is still differences like my friends just combine my birthday and Christmas present together. 

Icon: Do you have a traditional way that your family celebrates your birthday on Dec. 25? 
Yes, we do. In the morning I open gifts at my house. Then we go to my grandma’s closer to the afternoon. By the time all of my family is done we eat a late lunch/early dinner. After we finish dinner, we celebrate my birthday, which is around 6 or 7 in the evening. 

Icon: How do you distinguish birthday presents from Christmas presents?
Christmas presents I get during the day and then during the evening I receive my birthday presents. They are usual wrapped in birthday wrapping paper, as well. 

Icon: Have your friends or anyone ever comments on that fact that your birthday is Dec. 25? What do they usually say to you? 
My friends normally just tell me that I am lucky to have my birthday on Christmas, or they say, “You share a birthday with Jesus, that's so cool.” When other people who I am not as close to find out they are normally really shocked and just say something along the lines of “You’re a Christmas baby? I bet that is a fun day.” 

Now some random questions:

Icon: What’s your favorite type of music?
Mainly pop or just today’s hits, but I also enjoy country. 

Icon: Favorite musician?
My favorite musician by far is Ariana Grande. 

Icon: What do you like on your pizza? 
I either like chicken bacon ranch pizza, or pineapple and bacon on my pizza. 

Icon: What classes are you taking this semester?
I’m taking Physics, Intro to Literature/ Intro to Film, Public Speaking/ Economics, Psychology/Sociology (as an independent study), Calculus, and Computer apps (semester class).

What organizations in school and outside of school do you participate?
Varsity Singers, Marching Band (Color Guard), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Film Club and Book Club.

Icon: What’s the most interesting birthday present you ever received? 
The most interesting birthday present I have ever received was 18 packs of gum from all of my friends. 

Icon: Thanks for talking with us. We’re certain our viewers will find this interesting. Happy birthday and Merry Christmas, Madison.