Our friends at Faith & Family are discussing, among other things, how to celebrate a birthday during Lent.
Royal Dansk butter cookies offer the prezel shaped sugar cookie.
One could celebrate the patronal saint's day instead.
All my siblings and I have February or March birthdays. Our parents held one party for all of us, and after it was over, any remaining birthday cake was frozen until after Lent. As I've gotten older though, I find myself more and more drawn to simple celebration of life within the family and circle of close friends, rather than the rampant consumerism that is so often seen.
As long as the birthday doesn't fall on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday, I see no problems in celebrating it as you would if it fell during any other liturgical season, since abstaining from sweets is a personal penance, not a mandatory proscription. You could also celebrate on the Sunday closest, since each Sunday is a little Easter.
How does your family handle this situation?
[Danish butter cookies image credit: Call Me Crochet]