Friday, December 12, 2008


One of my favorite Christmas traditions is helping the kids make a birthday cake for Jesus. We eat it for dessert after dinner on Christmas Eve just before the kids open their presents.


The reason I started the tradition with the kids was to occupy them as they waited impatiently for the events of the evening. I remember Christmas Eve as the longest day of the year during my own childhood. My kids undoubtedly feel the same way, and the baking project gives them an outlet for their restlessness.

Listening to them sing "Happy Birthday" made me realize that the birthday cake tradition pulls the focus of Christmas Eve back to where it should be: on Christ. And it does so on a kid's level. Even the toddler understands that this is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

I think this is a tradition that the kids will continue with their own children someday. What's one of your favorite Christmas traditions?


Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

We always have chicken soup on Christmas Eve. And my dad always reads the Christmas account from Luke before we open presents. Keeps things in perspective.

Jenny said...

We (the kids and I) try to make it to church on Christmas eve for a candlelight service. Then we either spend eve at inlaws or our house for dinner and opening some of the presents.

This year will be a little different, though. My husband got a "real" job in town as a fireman/EMT. He has to work Christmas Eve. He leave the house at 6 to be at work by 7am, then works a 24 hour shift. I'm on my own this year! LOL!

Question, why do you open presents on Eve? And do you have anything to open on Day (Santa?). My inlaws like to open from each other on Eve and do stockings and Santa on Day. I don't like this, however, because I usually only buy people (other than my kids) one gift each.

Midlife Mom said...

When we were kids we always opened one gift on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas morning. Now with all the different families involved we open everything here on Christmas Eve and then each family opens at thier house on Christmas morning. We get up and go to the grandchildren's house to watch them open their things there and then come home and I get Christmas dinner ready.
we had our Christmas program at church last Sunday night and this Sunday night will be all music. There is a Christmas Eve service but due to the fact that some of our family has to travel quite a distance back home it would make it awful late for them if we went to church first and then had our time together after. I miss going on Christmas Eve terribly but understand when people have several hours to travel home. I love your tradition of making Jesus a birthday cake, I think I will mention that to my Son and DIL. Merry Christmas!

Prairie Chick said...

we also do the birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus! It is the warmest feeling, I just love it. We also open our gifts on Christmas Eve, to correlate with the greatest gift that was given that night that we commemorate, and we don't do Santa as we like to keep it focused on the Birthday Boy. Loved this post.

blessedmomto7 said...

Thank you for the great reminder. I have always wanted to do this but think I will REALLY do it with my kids this year :)

Mum-me said...

We usually do this with our Church, but I like the idea of doing it within the family.

Julie said...

Great idea! I'm going to have to steal...I mean borrow it!

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