When you were growing up you shared many traditions with your parents and siblings. Some of these traditions were handed down from your mom and dad’s families and others were created as new traditions. Now that you have your own family you are creating traditions of your own. Children’s birthdays are a perfect event around which traditions can be built. Master Oh shares some of those with you now:
A Special Cake
Many moms pride themselves on baking and decorating a special cake for their kids each year. If you love baking this is a tradition you can start with your children. A wonderful idea is to work with siblings to create birthday cakes for the child celebrating their birthday. You can work together to bake the cake and then decorate it. This will be something children will love doing and the birthday boy or girl will look forward to seeing what their cake will look like year after year. If you don’t bake you can still create traditions around providing a beautifully decorated cake using your child’s favourite characters, colours and flavours and watch as their tastes and preferences change year after year. You can also have a traditional family recipe the family can look forward to sharing for all birthdays.
Build traditions around the seasons of each person’s birthday. Winter birthdays can involve building a snow man, a family snow ball fight, a brisk walk and a cup of warm cocoa or building a bonfire following cake (if allowed in your neighbourhood). Summer can be a trip to the beach, a family adventure at the zoo or a game of soccer at the local park. Horseback riding, skating and other activities you enjoy together can all become a special activity you enjoy as part of the birthday plans.
Birthdays are the perfect excuse for family gatherings. If birthdays are a big deal for your family, preparing a family gathering around birthdays is the perfect excuse to get together and spend some quality time together with aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and of course grandparents. Children are always a focus of extended family and involving them on your child’s special day will be meaningful and help enforce the importance of family with your kids.
Children’s Birthday Party Blitz
Some parents love throwing all out parties for their children. You can make a tradition of throwing a super party complete with all the fanfare. Party clowns, decorations, cake and gifts and lots of kids running around can be a perfect family tradition kids will look forward to year after year as will friends and family.
Most birthdays come complete with presents but choosing a significant gift that can be given each year can be a meaningful gesture. One of the best traditional gifts is books. Passing on a classic book suited to the child’s age each year will also give them the gift of the love for reading. The books can become family heirlooms that are passed on from generation to generation for all the birthdays to come.