How Do I Avoid Workplace Birthday Celebrations?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about office birthday celebrations:

I work in an office of about 150 coworkers. My birthday was this past year. I did not want a big deal made of it and I told people that. I walk into work the next morning having my desk decorated, a huge food spread in the empty cube next to mine, gifts, cake, etc. My problem is I feel I can’t possibly participate in every birthday celebration at work for financial reasons and stuff. I cannot begin to tell you how many times birthday cards go around at work asking for money for birthdays and food day celebrations.

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