West Sacramento, CA (AP) — The birth of a child. It’s arguably one of the most special things a family will experience. In particular, the birth of the first child in a family is an occasion of great celebration and joy, which few wish to have overshadowed. Parents will do what they can to protect their special day; keeping the name secret, or the sex, making sure everyone important has their schedules clear for the big event.
This year, first time parents-to-be Shannon Wilcox (22), and her husband Brian (25) are going a step further in their quest to make sure the big day is a special one. The estimated due date for their child, a girl they’ve tentatively named Nevaeh Leigh, is December 25th, known to many around the world as Christmas Day. To keep the date magical for them, the couple has petitioned the city to reschedule Christmas for 2011, moving it into January for this year, and this year alone.
“This is the birth of my first child,” Mrs. Wilcox said to reporters when asked for comment. “This is the most important thing I’ll ever experience, and if it’s not as important to everyone else as it is to me, it’s just going to ruin the whole thing. I don’t want this holiday taking precedence; it simply is not fair to my little princess. She deserves her due, and so do I. If people want to celebrate Christmas in their own home on December 25th… well I’ll still be a bit peeved that there are people out there more focused on their own lives than on the birth of my child, but as long as the city itself doesn’t pull focus from the birth of my daughter, I’ll be mollified.”
City officials were contacted for comment, but none were available as they were all busy tweeting about “this crazy bit** who thinks the world should stop because she did what hundreds of thousands of women around the world do every single day.”
When asked why she felt the birth of her child should be more important to the people of West Sacramento than the birth of the Messiah, Mrs. Wilcox replied, “Christ was born more than 2000 years ago, that’s old news. My child surely deserves at least as much attention. This day is special, and I do not want anything to overshadow my day. Not even the Son of God Himself.”