One of the best days of the year for parents and kids is a child’s birthday. This is the day that mom and dad get to go all out letting their rejoicing show. It is also one of those celebrations tailor-made for memories. And one of the best ways to create memories is to create traditions. Kids tend to remember things that are repeated year after year.
Birthday traditions don’t have to cost a lot to mean a lot. There are all kinds of great ways to create a family identity that has to do with birthday celebrations. Here are just a few.
- If you are a Christian family, start by choosing religious birthday cards. This is one subtle way to reinforce the identity your family shares as believers. Save all those religious birthday cards in a special box for your child to peruse each year.
- Balloons figure largely into most birthday celebrations so put them to work. Why not write adjectives that describe the birthday boy/girl on every balloon?
- If you are hosting a birthday party, put out a snapshot of the birthday child set in an extra-wide matting. Ask guests to write a brief note in the matting. Save them year by year and they become a miniature scrapbook of birthdays.
- If the birthday celebration is more of a family affair, you can make it a tradition to go around the table and pay the birthday person a compliment. Every person at the table completes the sentence: “What I like about _______ is the way he/she…….”
- Have a special book or movie that is enjoyed together as a family only on birthdays. Of course the person wearing the crown gets the best seat and first dibs on the snacks during book reading or movie viewing. The best book for birthdays of course, is the child’s baby book!
- You can start the special day in many different great ways. It could just be breakfast in bed. It could be a lighted candle in a doughnut or a stack of pancakes. Buttermilk biscuits can be iced with colored icing and dusted with colored sprinkles. Orange juice milkshakes (think creamy Orange Julius here) are another way to make the morning special.
- Some families allow the birthday person to pick the menu all day or at least for dinner. Maybe you allow your child to choose his/her birthday cake.
- Make a super big deal out of those once in a lifetime birthdays – when the person turns 10 on the 10th or 7 on the 7th. For this birthday they may get additional privileges that come only once in a lifetime – spend the night in a hotel for example. Or take a group of friends to a theme park.
- Another way to make birthdays unique is to hide all, or at least one, of the gifts. It can be fun to tell the person if they are getting warmer or colder as they hunt around the house for the missing present. As kids get older, this could become more of a scavenger hunt with written clues to be deciphered.
- One final idea is to choose a bible verse for the child to be remembered all year long. Write the verse inside the birthday card and then refer to it all through the year.
Making birthday traditions doesn’t have to be hard; it can be lots of fun. And they make it easier for children to form lasting memories of these precious family times. Finding religious birthday cards doesn’t have to be hard either. Check out the many options available through The Printery House.