Some of my friends have a little tradition where they surprise one another on the midnight of one’s birthday with a cake and candles (unlit of course because of the dorms 3 minute burn time), or in the case of the few vegan friends in the group, a candle in an apple.
And often in addition to this tradition, one has a celebratory birthday dinner in town. I just this second got back from celebrating the the shared November 4th birthdays of sophomores Andee and Zoe, for which my friends and I ventured into DTBM, slang for Downtown Bryn Mawr (coined by Zoe), for a surprise sushi dinner at Sushiland and a double layer chocolate on chocolate cake, compliments of Bakery House.
The evening was a joyus one, and I know these little gestures make birthdays away from home and family (and in my case dogs) somewhat easier. I am fortunate to have my birthday fall during Thanksgiving break, to which I usually way up to a lit candle in a bran muffin at my grandparents house, but I hope to have a similar event in DTBM with friends this year.