This isn’t a new idea by any means. I’m sure it’s been around for a very very long time. But, to me….this was a novel idea.
My girls bring home fridge cards and other resources from church each Sunday. We use them to keep the discussion going at home. This past week, the girls had a “Birthday Party for Jesus” in their Sunday School classes. There were cupcakes and party hats everywhere! Quite frankly, it was a great way to get the kids excited about Jesus’s birthday instead of focusing on what they will get for Christmas. The fridge card they brought home from this party had the idea on it to make a birthday cake for Jesus and make it part of your Christmas meal.
So that’s exactly what we’ll be doing. We are hosting a big Christmas dinner for our entire Life Group (our church’s version of small group or bible study group) so this is the perfect chance to take advantage of the girls’ excitement!
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Now, I’ve been Googling this for the better part of an hour and it seems that many people are very symbolic in their cake making…Chocolate cake to symbolize sin, white frosting to symbolize the purity of Christ, a green circle around the edge to symbolize everlasting life, red candles to symbolize Christ’s blood – the list goes on and on. However, my kids are small, okay? They don’t get symbolism and they really don’t need it at this point. The entire idea is that they realize that Christmas is not about presents and junk…it’s about Jesus’s birth and the fact that He came to this world to save us and to grant us grace.
The exciting thing is….they GET that. When I ask them what Christmas is, they instantly tell me “It’s Jesus’s birthday!” Mission accomplished! Now, if they can just keep remembering that for the rest of their lives…then we’ve really accomplished something!