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Merely for my own curiousity - a poll

My own birthday is in November, so this is just in the spirit of inquiry. I just want to know who else has the candle custom I have. (For the record, we always did n+1)



Poll #1365896 Birthday Candles

How many candles on a child's birthday cake?

n (n=number of birthday)
41(51.2%)
n+1
33(41.2%)
number shaped candles
1(1.2%)
none
3(3.8%)
other (in comments)
2(2.5%)

What was your chihldhood religious background?

Jewish
27(33.3%)
Protestant
20(24.7%)
Catholic
13(16.0%)
Buddhist
0(0.0%)
Muslim
1(1.2%)
Wiccan
0(0.0%)
Native
0(0.0%)
None
9(11.1%)
More than one
8(9.9%)
Other (in comments and I apologize for not listing it.)
3(3.7%)

Where are you from? (No further back than grandparents, please.)

North East US
40(50.6%)
South East US
8(10.1%)
Midwest US
10(12.7%)
Northern tier US
1(1.3%)
South West US
4(5.1%)
North West US
1(1.3%)
Europe (specify in comments)
7(8.9%)
India
0(0.0%)
Asia (specify in comments)
0(0.0%)
Africa (specify in comments)
0(0.0%)
Australia
2(2.5%)
Mixed background
6(7.6%)

Ticky

Ticky loves birthdays
15(21.7%)
Ticky doesn't do birthdays but loves cake
6(8.7%)
Ticky does birthdays but not cake.
0(0.0%)
Ticky doesn't do candles anymore.
10(14.5%)
Ticky!
2(2.9%)

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For whatever reason I took on the chabad minhag not to blow out candles. I thought this might create problems with my family in relation to my birthday but it has not because for the last 5+ years we've celebrated my birthday on shabbat when I'm in MA and everyone knows I can't blow candles out on shabbat.