It’s a doubly happy holiday.
When the Thanksgiving holidays arrive, Americans across the country celebrate with plenty of turkey, dressing, biscuits, and pumpkin pie. Fraternal twins and former First Daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush do the same, only they add birthday cake to the menu.
The twins’ birthday is on November 25, a day that always falls near the fourth Thursday of the month, and sometimes on Thanksgiving Day itself. While some people regret having their birthday fall so near a holiday, the Bush twins love it. They told the crowd as much during the Birmingham stop of their Sisters First book tour.
While talking with Southern Living editor-in-chief Sid Evans about enjoying sisterhood and treasuring time spent with family, the twins explained that they love sharing a Thanksgiving birthday. It is extra special for them because they always get to be together—and with the rest of their family—for their birthday celebrations. The twins don’t just share a birthday date; the proximity of that date to Thanksgiving ensures that they always get to spend time with each other, sitting around the same table and enjoying the day with loved ones (and plenty of Thanksgiving leftovers) each and every year. This makes Thanksgiving week doubly exciting for the Bushes, because they get to enjoy twice the holiday celebrations.
The Bushes have plenty of other fun family traditions too, including eating enchiladas on Christmas Eve and telling stories about their time spent at The White House. They inspire us to make our holidays a little more festive and to enjoy the memories we get to share with our special Southern families.
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So, when you’re eating your Thanksgiving pie this year, you might just want to sing a quick happy birthday tune for the Bush twins. We’re thinking about adding candles to our sweet potato pie to join in the celebration.