Is being born on Christmas that bad?

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Australian twin music act The Veronicas, Danish supermodel Helena Christensen: what do these people have in common?

They are all born on December 25.

Lisa and Jessica Origliasso from The Veronicas, pictured at the 2015 ARIA Awards, are born on December 25.Credit:Graham Denholm

But, how does having Christmas birthday impact a person?

A YouGov survey asked 325 children and adults born from December 19 to 31 what they thought about being a Christmas baby.

Their responses were, surprisingly, mixed.

Children expressed less enthusiasm about the occurrence, with 59 per cent saying they thought being born around Christmas was worse than being born at other times of the year.

However, this number dropped to 41 per cent of adults, who were more likely to report that their birthday was no better or worse than any other.

Regardless of age, very few reported having a birthday at Christmas as being better than having one at other times of year: only 13 per cent of children and adults said this was the case.

Downsides to being born in the holiday season reported by survey respondents included only receiving one present to cover both Christmas and their birthday, people being too busy to celebrate their birthday, as well as having to wait all year for presents.

However, there were also upsides reported: some said having a birthday so close to Christmas allowed them to receive a bigger, combined present they wouldn't have received otherwise, while others found having a birthday around Christmas and New Year helped to prolong the festivities.

According to ABS data released last year, December 25 is the least likely day for a baby to be born in Australia (following February 29, which only occurs once every four years).

The analysis, which looked at births data from 2007 to 2016, found Boxing Day was the next least common birthday, followed by New Year's Day and Australia Day.

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