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As you probably know already, posting to your close friends’ and family’s Facebook walls is almost as important as attending the family Christmas dinner or attending your cousin’s wedding. However, you cannot just slap down a “Happy Birthday, George! Love you! xoxo” because that makes you look like you don’t actually care, and you really don’t have it in you to write a long, heartfelt letter to them because…that is just weird to do on Facebook unless you’re a 13-year-old girl trying to impress her crush. There is one universal language that even the most inexperienced internet surfers are proficient in: memes. That’s right, from Doge to Caveman Spongebob to soulful Meryl Streep, we all can get a good giggle out of those bold-faced beauties. Here are 18 killer memes that will make you seem like you actually care about Aunt Helen’s 64th birthday, or that will make up for the fact that you totally forgot they existed until you got the notification that their birthday was today.

 

The birthday meme for the friend who holds on to a joke for way too long.

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The birthday meme from the not-so-closet alcoholic.

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Binge watch Parks and Recreation, or just trying to find the perfect birthday meme for a Ron Swanson in your life?

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Are you the Facebook friend that doesn’t appear unless circumstances are in order? This birthday meme is all you.

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Maybe not the best birthday meme to post to a mutual friend of your mother, but hilarious none the less.

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The birthday meme for that aunt you know is lying every year…

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The birthday meme for that special someone in your life who was hit with aging like a thrown brick…

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The second best birthday gift besides a birthday meme: genuine affection.

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The birthday meme for your friend with a dark sense of humor.

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The birthday meme for the friend who is a little too into vodka.

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When you’ve spent an hour trying to find a good birthday meme, because you know…

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The perfect birthday meme for your older sibling.

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A birthday meme wishing your favorite MJ fan a long and normal life. 

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The best way to spread birthday cheer is through dog-themed birthday memes.

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The essential birthday meme for the baby lover in your life.

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Have a Conservative in your life that has a good sense of humor? This birthday meme is perfect!

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For the man in your life who can’t get over Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen…

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For the Olympiad fan who doesn’t want to face the truth about how they’ll never make it on Team USA…

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For that person who loves a classic meme…

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For the long distance friend who could use a mega laugh on their birthday…

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For the lazy, cheap student in all of us to gift to our mothers…

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The best innocent recommendation for your mother’s Facebook birthday wall wishes…

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 For the Seinfeld-lover who wishes they were still in 1995 so they wouldn’t be so old this year…

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Another grumpy face, Ron Swanson birthday meme for the Grumpy Cat in all of us…

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The “I need an innocent meme for my 14-year-old cousin’s birthday to make me seem like the cool older cousin” birthday meme…

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When the horrible memories of the playground chants roll into your birthday mindset…

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And lastly, quite possibly the sad reality we hope to never face…

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Share this at your next holiday get together and we guarantee that the conversation won’t go stale. Here are the top 10 funny facts about Christmas around the world:

1. The world’s largest Christmas present was…

…Our very own Statue of Liberty! Yes, that’s right: the 305 feet 1 inch, 22-story building colossus was a gift to the U.S by the people of France, in 1886. Talk about the Christmas shopping craze!

2. Santa’s sleigh speed

It would be somewhere around the metaphorical speed of lightning, since the average number of homes that Santa visits every second (on Christmas Eve night) is 832. That’s every second!

3. Skating to the church, in time for Christmas Mass

In the city of Caracas, Venezuela, it’s customary for everyone to skate to mass every morning from the 16th of December to the 24th. The streets are closed off to cars each morning so everyone can skate to church.

4. Spider webs as tree decorations

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In Ukraine, it’s very common to use Christmas tree decorations shaped as spider webs. You may think it’s a weird cross of Halloween traditions into the Christmas around the world, but it actually stems from a folk tale about a poor family. In the tale, they woke up to find that their tree was decorated overnight by spiders.

5. Fried chicken for the Christmas feast

In Japan, it has become customary to feats on fried chicken (mostly from KFC) on Christmas, even though a very small part of the population is Christian. Lo and behold, the power of fast food advertising. This has to be one of the weirdest contemporary traditions associated with Christmas around the world.

6. In Italy, Santa is replaced by a witch

On Christmas Eve, Italian children wait for a witch to deliver their gifts overnight, instead of Santa. Her name is La Befana.

To learn more about the legend of La Begana read this book “La Befana: An Italian Night After Christmas”

7. Carving in radishes

In Mexico (Oaxaca), people decorate the plaza with carved flowers, ornaments and even nativity scene characters, all made from pink radishes.

8. Hide your brooms if you visit Sweden

In Sweden, it’s customary for women to hide their brooms somewhere during the Christmas night. It’s believed that if they are in plain sight, witches may come and steal them, to use them for flying and producing chaos. This is another instance where Christmas around the world seems to resemble Halloween.

9. The Christmas pickle

In Spain, Germany, and isolated in some other European countries as well, there’s a funny tradition of including a pickle somewhere among the other Christmas tree decorations. Whoever finds it first receives an extra gift!

If you too would like to be apart of this tradition check out the Christmas Pickle here:

10. The Pooper figure

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In Spain (the Catalonia region, to be more precise), a rather odd character is added to the figurines of nativity scenes. He is called La Cagane, which means the pooper. Originally he was depicted as one of the shepherds, but lately people have been getting more and more creative with this character.

Bonus: Xmas

Did you know that? It seems that Xmas isn’t just a funny abbreviation, but instead it comes from Greek, where X is the symbol for ‘Christ’.

Image credits: Pinterest.com.

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