Both of you should reply to the Face Book thread that I put on this morning to find out all the traditions!!! I’m even finding my own siblings have some things different from me (but then I was basically separated and not in touch with them for decades). In the end, I can only remember three celebrations my parents did for me when I was in early elementary school and one in Korea where I invited two friends to have a sleep over and birthday party with me. That was basically it until I came to this forum.
I do remember when I was 6 or 7 a teacher I had did something interesting and I remember waiting in great anticipation when my own birthday came: Just before we were released for the day she would have us all be very quiet with eyes front. She reached into a special drawer in her desk and pulled out colored chalk (such were very unusual and new at the time). Very slowly she would begin to write ‘Happy Birthday’ on the blackboard she had just cleaned in all the different colors. Everyone was VERY quiet waiting to see whose name would follow and then we would ALL clap and sing while she pulled a single cupcake out, stuck a single candle into it, lit it and carried it to that ‘special’ person. I had waited months….forever…to have that special event for myself. It meant everything and only happened that one time.