Saturday, March 20, 2010

Birthday Traditions

“Dad,” Anna was saying, “don’t forget to say what you say on somebody’s birthday.”

I had just tucked Anna in on the eve of her birthday and I was trying to get the door closed so I could get on with my evening.

“OK, Addison. I won’t,” I replied. Then, after a pause, “Can you remind me again what I say on somebody’s birthday?”

“You know, Dad. Like what you said to K.D. ‘Here comes the birthday boy!’”

K.D.’s birthday was just a month earlier, so Anna had picked up on what she perceived as a very important tradition that happens on somebody’s birthday.

“Yeah,” I said. “That’s right. And when do I say this?”

“When I come down the stairs in the morning. Just like you said it to K.D.”

“OK, Anna. I won’t forget,” I said, very relieved that she had filled me in on the details.

Now while I would not put saying “Here comes the birthday girl!” on our birthday tradition list, we do have several traditions surrounding birthday events in our home.

First, when the birthday child comes down in the morning (and I greet them with Anna’s new traditional saying) they find the window by the kitchen table decorated.

That night for supper, the birthday child gets to have mom cook the meal of their choice. This year K.D. picked an Ethiopian meal and Anna picked tacos.

When we open presents, the birthday child always sits in the brown chair in the family room. The child who is giving the gift joins the birthday child on the chair when their gift is being opened.

Unless the gift is from mom and dad. Then they have to sit there by themselves. . .

And as if getting to request a meal is not enough, they also get to have mom make a cake of their choosing. This year Anna requested a princess cake, and, as you can see, CrazyMom went all out. It was certainly a stunning cake.

Now those are just the birthday traditions that I can think of.  Maybe I should check with Anna and the gang to see what they would say.  I hate to think about all of the traditions that CrazyMom and I forget to do each year because we did not know it was a tradition!


Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Wow! What a cake! Way to go, Crazy Mom!!!

Laurel :)

Diane said...

Yum! And I know, from experience, that it tastes as good as it looks!

Expat Mom said...

We had these same wonderful traditions (minus the window and chair) when I was growing up. My mom could make any cake imaginable. I only hope I can do the same for my boys. :) Great job, they'll remember this for the rest of their lives!

List Mama said...

What a beautiful family! I love your birthday banner. I would like to make one of those. I love the writing on the window as well. Gorgeous cake with layers that represent your family. Love it!