Birthday Traditions

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8th birthday

Growing up, I always looked forward to the traditions that my mom had instituted. They were things that we could count on when special occasions rolled around. A special gift on Valentine’s Day, usually a gold, heart-shaped charm. Huge stacks of Christmas gifts, each child’s stack wrapped in different style paper. And Toffee Dream Pie at Thanksgiving. Yeah, that one ranks pretty high on the list! (If you beg and plead, I just might share the recipe for what we jokingly call, “Diabetic Coma.”)

Mom always made an effort to make things special. And so, I’ve tried to follow in her footsteps. As we’ve blended two families’ traditions (FishPapa’s and my own), we’ve been able to pick and choose from each side, and we’ve also created new traditions, especially for birthdays.

Our top three birthday traditions include:

  • baking a special cake
  • topping the cake with a number candle. We have a huge collection of all the numbers. When my kids get married, one of their wedding gifts will be the entire set. And, yes, I will insist on their carrying on that tradition. 😉
  • letting the bday kid choose the menus for the entire day! Thankfully, I did not have to partake of the Indiana Jones chocolate marshmellow cereal.
  • making our own pinata

indiana jones cereal

Tomorrow I’ll be talking about our pinata history as well as offering a few easy how-to’s. Hope you’ll come take a peek.

In the meantime, what are your special birthday traditions?

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  1. I agree, family traditions are fun to look forward to. My moms meal for get togethers is broccoli rice casserole. One year she made me one for my birthday, yum! The pinata making sounds like allot of fun. Growing up, and still today, my grandmother gave each grandchild an ornament for Christmas. Only problem was, my brother and I tried to claim some of the same ones, lol. I have carried this tradition on with my boys, but I write their names on the back with the year. They LOVE to put their own ornaments on the tree and talk about when they got each one. One fun thing we do for birthday’s is, at breakfast I stick a candle in what ever they are eating (toast, doughnut, waffle) to start the day off in celebration. My 11 year old still talks about his birthday doughnut he got when he was seven. 🙂

  2. One of my favorite birthday traditions was to wake up to the family coming in singing “Happy Birthday” with a tray of breakfast treats, flowers, etc. Usually it would be tea in a pretty cup and a scone or something. Then it would be downstairs for some pancakes, strawberries, and whipped cream. Then we got to choose our dinner menu too.

  3. We haven’t really established traditions for birthdays quite like this yet except that we make birthdays a big deal. That very first year w/ the twins, I knew that if we made it to a year, we were CELEBRATING!! And, my hubby has a desire to see our children be able to celebrate their bdays with friends each year. I don’t know if we’ll keep to that. We’ll see. Our oldest are only turning 4 in August, so I haven’t felt the pressure of nailing down traditions quite yet for bdays. I do for other holidays though. I’ll have to give it some thought and will look forward to hearing what others do.