December 12, 2012 is a special day, especially for Matheson Fraser of Salt Springs, N.S.

Today, on the 12th day of the 12th month of the 12th year of this century, Fraser turns 12.

As a result, his math teacher decided to have some fun with Fraser’s number of the day.

“Today we did some different math problems which incorporated the answers 12 or 12-12 and 12,” says Gena Henderson, who teaches Grade 6 at West Pictou Consolidated School. 

“The kids made up some different equations in which the answer was 12 and we took the word 12 and looked at all the letters and made 12 or more words out of twelve, twelve and twelve.”

The boy’s mother, Paula Fraser, had a long, busy day at the hair salon in New Glasgow where she works.

“I’m working. It’s a 12-hour shift,” she says. “That’s right, it’s a 12-hour shift.”

Turning the same age as your birth date is sometimes called a champagne birthday. Fraser is too young for champagne, but his family made sure he wouldn’t go thirsty.

“We got him a dozen Pepsi, because that is his favourite pop and 12 suckers, 12 loonies and 12 things of gum. He thought that was really cool,” says Paula Fraser.

Fraser says he enjoyed all the attention he received today. He says the media attention has made him feel like a king.

“I got interviewed by the evening news and I got, I was on the radio and you,” he says.

After today, this kind of birthday won’t happen again until a child turns one on January 1, 2101.

With files from CTV Atlantic's Dan MacIntosh