Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Jesus

The birthday cake made its first appearance when our children were young. I got the idea from a Christmas devotional I had been reading. The author was writing about her family's Christmas traditions, and the idea for the birthday cake was tucked in among the others. Every Christmas she baked a birthday cake for Jesus - a reminder to her young children of what we are celebrating.

That Christmas, after all the Christmas cookies had been safely stored away in tins awaiting the big day, I baked the birthday cake. Double layer - frosted in creamy chocolate. On Christmas Day, after the tumult of gift giving and feasting on the traditional lasagna dinner I slipped into the kitchen and put the candles on the cake.

A hush settled over the dining room as I walked in. We dimmed the lights and struck a match to light the candles. In the soft glow we sang "Happy Birthday dear Jesus."
It seemed such a simple thing - not very "spiritual" in comparison to some Advent traditions - but it did something to our hearts as we gazed at the brightly lit cake and sang a birthday song to the One who had given so much for us.

These days it is the youngest grandchildren who blow out the candles. There are more voices joining together to sing birthday wishes to the King of kings. And I am filled with gratitude - for each one, from the seven year old to the one who is in his nineties, holds Him in their heart. He has given us the most precious of gifts.

Happy Birthday Jesus!

linking to the High Calling writing project at Charity's blog


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  1. What a wonderful idea, Linda - a tradition that will be passed down through the generations, I am sure. I think I will do it this year too - if I am somewhere where I can bake!

  2. Sounds like the sweetest of traditions, Linda. I had a long ago friend who used to do that too. We don't actually bake a birthday cake for our wonderful Jesus but we do sing Happy Birthday to Him.

  3. Joining in the birthday chorus with you.

  4. How has lovely that your small act worked its way into the traditions and memories of another generation!

  5. I think eating double layer cake with chocolate frosting to the glory of God is one of the most spiritual things you can do. Really. It's just a beautiful tradition.

    Blessings, dear Linda, and thanks for linking up with our High Calling project. It wouldn't be the same without you.

  6. Birthday cake?!?! Well, yeah!!! It's a birthday celebration! What a brilliant idea!

    Linda, I just love you! I do.

  7. We do this same thing Linda! My mom always makes a birthday cake for Jesus! :)

  8. I think this is the sweetest tradition, Linda. And, oh, what memories it must make. It makes me smile to think of you walking in with that cake, surrounded by the ones you love, giving honor to our sweet Lord.

    I hope your waiting has been sweet. I am sending you my love!