Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pink Saturday - Birthday Cake

Beverly requested that this week we "Tell us about your favorite holiday tradition."

Each Christmas Eve, my family gathers at our place for a buffet meal, Christmas carols, and a time to reflect on the birth of Jesus. When the grandchildren were quite small, we began to have a Happy Birthday, Jesus cake with candles! It helped the little ones get the concept of Christmas. They love singing Happy Birthday and blowing out the candles.

As the grandchildren grew, I decided one year to abandon the cake, thinking that they might find it silly, but when Jenna, a teenager, heard about THAT plan, she was horrified and exclaimed, "Oh, Grandma! You HAVE to have the Happy Birthday, Jesus cake! IT'S TRADITION!"

Of course we had the cake. And, this favorite tradition continues. Here's a picture from the internet that looks similar to our birthday cake.



Precious Beverly at How Sweet the Sound hosts Pink Saturday. My computer may not yet be connected (as we just moved) but I will return all comments. I promise!

See you in two days for Blue Monday!


36 comments:

CJ said...

That is such a sweet tradition!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, I think that is a wonderful tradition, Sally! I wouldn't mind incorporating this into our celebration, too!

Happy Pink Saturday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

A wonderful tradition, Sally! It is so important to acknowlege that it is His birthday. Thanks for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

sara said...

we do the same tradition. And my grown kids would be upset if we didn't have it too!!

Andrea said...

Love this tradition. Beautiful.
Blessings and prayers, andrea

Chris said...

Sally that is the most heartfelt tradition I have ever heard of. We have the gathering, food,games and lots of memories, but I have to admit you top me by far. I agree with your grand daughter, keep this up, it's a good thing.

Merry Christmas,
Chris

Barbara H. said...

We used to do this when the kids were small.

Hope your moving goes well!

LV said...

I have known several people that do that. I think it is a great tradition. Trust you doing okay from the move.

squawmama said...

Good Morning Sally... What a wonderful tradition the cake is... I will pass this on to my daughters because I think it is something they would love to do also... Have a beautiful day my friend!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Elizabeth said...

It's great how kids are so set in having the traditions, isn't it? Especially once Santa has lost his mystery, it makes Christmas a special time.

heartnsoulcooking said...

My family has always made a cake for Jesus and sing Him Happy Birthday. I youngest child gets to blow out the candle. I love this tradition and glad to see that others do the same.
Geri

chubskulit said...

I love the idea of Birthday cake tradition, so SWEET!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great tradition, Sally.. We used to do that for the children at the church where I worked for 12 yrs. Neat Neat tradition...

My Daddy (who didn't cook) always cooked fried oysters on Christmas Eve for the family. Living in southwest Va, we didn't get oysters much in that area. BUT--he found them each year and they were delicious...

Hugs,
Betsy

Marydon Ford said...

I have a lot of friends that make a Jesus Birthday cake ... lovely tradition, for the perfect celebration ...

Merry Christmas,
TTFN~ Marydon
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Regina said...

Wonderful celebration.
Merry Christmas!

Regards.

Regina

Dixie said...

What a wonderful family tradition... I'm sharing this one with my daughters so they can create this tradition in the little families! Thanks Sally!

storyteller said...

What a delightful tradition! I love your new door with the pretty holiday wreath and the exterior photos below. I'll bet you're busy getting settled. Happy Pink Saturday ;-)
Hugs and blessings,
Happily Retired Gal

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

How fun!




~ Gabriela ~

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful tradition, Sally. Your granddaughter sounds like a sweet soul!

Happy holidays! :-)

xoxo
Janie

g said...

What a great story. A reminder that the traditions we create are important and beloved by our children. even if we get tired or jaded, the children never lose their sense of magic.

Happy Pink Saturday

Kathy said...

What a sweet family tradition!
Merry Christmas...Kathy

Pam said...

What a wonderful tradition. Isn't it fun to see how important they are to those "almost grown up kids".

Thanks for sharing.
Happy Pink Saturday.

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Sally; I really love your family tradition,, how wonderful to know that your grandchildren remember and want to keep it alive,,, that cake looks so great.. Happy Pink Saturday

Merry Christmas

Hugs;
Alaura

jeanne said...

Hello Sally, I bet you are busy nesting in your new home. I love your lovely tradition of a birthday for Jesus. Your grands do to. Smile.

I hope your move was a good one and that all is well.

Happy pink Saturday,
Hugs, Jeanne

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

Tradition in a family is so important, we have ours as well!
I hope your all moved in and it went smoothly
Have a great weekend
Diane

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

That is a great tradition.

xinex said...

What a great tradition, Sally! The birthday cake is beautiful!...Christine

Anne Fannie said...

What a wonderful Tradition Sally, and it teaches the young one the true meaning of Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
Hugs, Ann

Lindsay-ann said...

I love your tradition of the cake. When I was a child I would wake up on Christmas morning and say 'Happy Birthday Jesus'. I am sure it would have been more fun with a cake.
Hope your move went went.
Lindsay
x

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

what a great tradition.. who would thought to have a birthday cake on Christmas.. thanks for sharing this tradition Sally.. Merry Christmas..

CC said...

I think it's a wonderful tradition Sally..and I'm glad it continues. Have a wonderous and blessed Christmas sweet Sally, filled all things sweet and beautiful.

Charlotte said...

Great tradition. Love it. And I really would like to have a piece of that cake.
Charlotte

Beverly said...

I love this tradition, Sally. I am going to share this with my son, and I am certain he will like it, too.

Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas to you and your family. I pray this will be the first of many joy-filled holidays for you in your new home. Love that door. ;-)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Great idea Sally! The children in our family do a Christmas pagent of the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve every year. We end the pagent by singing Happy Birthday Jesus, because even the youngest children know that song! laurie

Shirl said...

Hi Sally, Happy Pink Saturday. We had a major snowstorm so I could not get on the internet on Saturday or Sunday. What a lovely tradition. Thank you so much for sharing! Your new home is georgous!!!!
Merry Christmas to you, your family and in your lovely new home!
Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

someplace in thyme said...

And a perfect tradition it is. Afterall that is the reason we celebrate in the first place. I love the cake and the singing. We have never done that, but I wish we did, Happy Pink Saturday and I hope you and yours have the perfect Christmas, see you in 2010, Char