Being born in December can sometimes feel like a downer because birthdays can get forgotten in the holiday rush. But, the truth is that December babies are rare, special and impossible to overlook. Here is why December babies are a true gift, according to science.

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They’re Golden

According to a study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, people born in the months of Oct. through Dec. were more likely to be physically fit and athletic than those born in other months. A few famous December babies even have Olympic Gold medals to prove that ability. Mckayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas, two Team USA Gymnastics gold medalists, were born in December.

They’re Pretty Healthy

A study conducted by the Columbia University Department of Medicine looked at the connections between birth month and the risk of developing diseases and found a correlation in 55 diseases including ADHD, asthma, eyesight and ear infections. While those born in December didn’t show a lowered risk of developing most diseases, they also didn’t show any increased risk of developing them either. In other words, they’re pretty healthy.

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They’re Less Cranky

While we can’t make any guarantees when it comes to those terrible twos (and threes), according to research, those born in December are less irritable than those born in other months. A Hungarian study on the connection between season of birth and mood disorder found that those born in winter months, like December, were least likely to suffer from mood swings and tantrums.

They’re World Changers

December babies share their birthday month with some famous faces, including a handful of people that have helped shape the world through their contributions. Some of these famous December babies include Walt Disney, Beethoven and Jane Austen.

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Their Birthdays Are Rare

It might be a celebratory distraction to be born on a big holiday, like Christmas, but the truth is it’s very rare to be born on Dec. 25, which makes those birthdays pretty special. In fact, Christmas Day is the least likely day of the year to be born, ranking at 366th with just over 6,500 births on average. Dec. 24 is also a rare one, ranking at 364th.

They Live the Longest

While fall babies born from Sep. to Nov. are most likely to live to see 100, according to research, December babies kick that number up a notch. A 2011 study on the season of birth and longevity found that those born in December are most likely to become semi-supercentenarians, which means they’ll live to be 105 or more.

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They’re the Head of the Class

Depending on what your school entry cut-offs are, your December baby is either one of the youngest in the class or the oldest. Either way, they are on track to be one of the brightest. While some studies show that kids who are the oldest in their class are more successful in academics, other research has shown that being the youngest also has an advantage by the time kids prepare to graduate high school, with the youngest outperforming their older classmates by the time they are applying for college. Either way, it’s a win.

They’re Early Risers

A study of human circadian rhythms found that those born in winter months, including December, were more likely to be morning people, which means at least you’ll face a smiling tot when you’re up at the crack of dawn. Better still, other similar studies found that those born during the same season were more likely to go to bed earlier, which means more me-time for mom.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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