ANYONE unlucky enough to have a birthday in the next month might as well not bother, research has shown.
Birthdays between December 12th and January 12th are widely believed not to matter because they exist in the shadow of Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, said: “Nobody will be buying these people a birthday present, instead upping the spend on Christmas by £5.
“Nobody will attend their party because they are already at parties. There will be no night out, unless it’s the normal night out with ‘and Shelley’s birthday’ tacked on the end of it.
“They won’t even be able to get the day off because everyone has already booked it for shopping.
“And if you are born after January 2nd, nobody has any money for the next month including you. Forget about it.”
Tom Booker, who was born on December 22nd, said: “When I was a kid I tried to have an Unbirthday on June 22nd but it just made everyone hate me even more.
“At least everyone’s out the pub for mine. If you’re born in August that’s the school holidays so it doesn’t even count.”