…A fat guy in a dress shouting “Let’s Party!”:
Which is to say, top of the day to you, John.
Oh — and let me just say that this is how I’m sure your birthday guests will approach the mean mannish boy* of the hour:
*Which allows me to offer a song in celebration of the day that I think is waaay better than the usual:
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Images: Nikolai Nevrev (1830-1904) Protodeacon proclaiming birthday party at the merchant longevity (which I’m guessing is an inadequate translation from the original: Протодиакон, провозглашающий на купеческих именинах долголетие), 1866
F Winterhalter, The First of May 1851, (The Duke of Wellington presenting a birthday gift to his godson, Prince Arthur, on the Prince’s first birthday). 1851