Happy Birthday, Canada!!
And speaking of birthdays, how were they celebrated in your family? When I was young, we would have a party with 6 or 7 neighbourhood friends. Dressed up in our fancy dresses, with our hair all
done up in curls and ringlets, we would arrive at the Birthday Girl’s house. We would arrive with a small present, and if your birthday was in the summer or when the weather permitted, the party
venue was usually outside.
We would often have hotdogs and potato chips with Kool-Aid! Remember Kool-Aid, in all those wonderful colours. And then the cake. After a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday to You”, out
came the cake, made by our mothers, with candles lit. I remember we often had nickels and dimes wrapped in wax paper, stuck in the middle. How exciting to get a piece of cake with this treasure. We’d then open the presents and play a couple of games, such as musical chairs or tag. Then after a couple of hours – off we would go with a little treat – usually one of those cupcake paper cups and some candies. We were so lucky!
So maybe sit down and describe a typical birthday party from when you were young, and if you have photos, perhaps scan these and add them to your story.
Hope you have a Happy Canada Day!
Eunice Robinson, President
British Columbia Genealogical Society firstname.lastname@example.org