When I look back to my own Christmas memories there is always one tradition that stands out..it wasn't the Christmas tree or the presents..it was our tradition of baking a Happy Birthday cake to Jesus!
I love this idea because I think food is powerful. Our kitchen is everyones favorite part of our home and I believe the meal table is also very important to keeping our family strong and close. Food has this effect!
My children love to do any kind of cooking with me in the kitchen, I can remember so many memories of myself cooking and baking with my mom and grandmother. Food creates such sweet memories. Jesus asks us to drink the wine and eat the bread to remember him.
"...and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." (1 Corinthians 11:24)
This shows that food is powerful and can be very meaningful especially in the eyes of our Lord!
I remember the first time I told my children that we were going to bake Jesus a cake, their eyes lit up and they were sooo excited.. they couldn't wait! It becomes so real to your children that Christmas is a birthday celebration!
Here is our cake last year:
We usually write "Happy Birthday Jesus" this time we added candy cane kisses. I love sharing the history of the candy cane:
A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness for Jesus, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane.
White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and sinless nature of Jesus.
The hardness of the candy was used to to symbolize the Solid Rock, the Foundation of the Church and firmness of the promises of God.
The candy maker also created the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus.
The red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ at the cross so we could have the promise of eternal life.
What an amazing history lesson you can teach your children while baking your cake! Candy canes are so popular but not many know that it was made to symbolize our Savior, Jesus!
We end our special Christmas day with the tradition of cuddling up and watching The Nativity Story. I think this movie is very well made and family friendly. You can purchase it here. I did see it in a $5 bin at Walmart. ;) The story that we have read to our children over and over comes alive in this film!
You can watch the trailer here:
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for sending us the greatest Gift, the birth of your Son! Please fill me with creative ideas to make this Christmas a meaningful holiday, focused on you. Help me to not get stressed and lose sight this December. Work within our home and fill it with your presence..guiding each member in my family to trully know in their hearts what a miracle the birth of Christ is. Help my children to remember the memories we create and to never forget the true meaning of Christmas ~ Amen
I pray you all have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our King and Savior Jesus Christ!
About Sarah Beth: I have been married to my hubby for 7 years, we have 3 children. . . I am my husbands helpmeet, a mother, my children's teacher and keeper of my home. I love: reading, soapmaking, breadmaking, cooking, natural home remedies, learning more about herbs, large families, thrifty deal seeker, hymns, herbal teas, learning to sew, swimming, long walks and crisp cold winter air! You can find me at His Loving Presence!
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