Birthdays and weddings take on special meaning on 12-12-12
Today, Tommi Jane Golden will celebrate the birthday of a lifetime.
She turns 12 today, on Dec. 12, 2012, or 12-12-12. An alliterative date will not be seen again until Jan. 1, 2101.
"She has been reminding us constantly that this is going to be the one and only time of her life that this is happening," her mom, Deanna Golden, said.
The family from Dunmore plans to celebrate with a family party today, but they hope the real celebration will come later this week when they travel to Hershey to cheer on the Dunmore Bucks in the state championship game.
The birthday girl's older sister, Delani Golden, is a sophomore on the cheerleading squad.
"(My friends) said it was really cool," Tommi Jane said, adding that her biggest birthday wish is for the Bucks to take home the title.
Also turning 12 today: Nathaniel Granger of Freeland. His mother, Melissa Kokinda, and her husband, Jim, joked that in addition to his birthday party this year they may also let him pick some lottery numbers.
"We're not going to see 12-12-12 for another 100 years," Mr. Kokinda said.
But it isn't just birthdays that people will be celebrating today. The unique triple date has also caused an increase in plans to tie the knot, according to Tracylynn Bannon, the general manager at David's Bridal in Wilkes-Barre.
She was aware of several weddings planned today, some at noon and at least four with 12 members in the wedding party.
"Most people just say that they're doing it because it's the last time they'll see three consecutive numbers," she said, adding that it wasn't unusual for unique dates. "They always draw a bigger crowd."
Additional weddings were held in Lackawanna County, too, according to Magisterial District Judge Alyce Hailstone Farrell.
"We never do more than two a day, because we're trying to do everything else," she said. "Sometimes, we do one in a month."
Today, she explained, six weddings were already lined up and she planned to keep the rest of the day's schedule open. She didn't want to have to turn a couple away because of a traffic hearing.
"It adds a little something special to an already special day," she said. "I think people all of the sudden realized this may be the last time they see a day like this in their lifetime."
On Nov. 11, 2011, she said there was one extra wedding, but nothing like the response she has seen for 12-12-12.
"It will be a good date to never forget," she said with a laugh. "Husbands will stay out of trouble."
Staff writer Amanda Christman contributed to this report.
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