Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Reason for the Season

For this week’s edition of Works For Me Wednesday, sponsored by Rocks in My Dryer, I’d like to share a brilliant idea that I had for a new family Christmas tradition that could be used to teach young children about the meaning of the holiday. I suppose the term “brilliant” might be an exaggeration, but considering the fact that I’m suffering from Mommy Brain, I’m fairly impressed with my creativity on this one.

For years, we’ve been deprived of the Christmas cookie tradition because Bonus Daughters bake cookies every year with their mother and bestow upon us a 10 pound tray of unnecessary calories every holiday. It just doesn’t make sense to bake more cookies, so I’ve never had the pleasure of baking during the holiday season during my married life. I can’t say that I’ve mourned the loss of this tradition since I’d rather cook than bake, but I don’t want Baby to be deprived of this happy Christmas memory.

Since Bonus Daughters have taken care of the cookie baking for me, I decided to start a new tradition with Baby this year. We are going to bake Birthday cupcakes. On Christmas morning, we will put a birthday candle in each cupcake and sing the Happy Birthday song for Jesus.

Birthday cake and cupcakes are a tradition that a young child can easily relate to and understand. Eating cupcakes for breakfast is definitely a treat and something a young child would look forward to in anticipation. It’s also more fun than choking down stale cornflakes before you are allowed to open any gifts, but that’s a disturbing memory from my childhood that I’m working through in therapy.

I’m hoping this new family tradition will help Baby understand the Reason for the Season and remind us all that we are celebrating the birth of our Savior.

That’s What Works for Me!
Leave a comment and share some of your favorite holiday traditions.

I’d love to hear your suggestions for making our family holidays memorable!


jennwa said...

I love that idea. Thanks.

O said...

We did that last year with "muffin cupcakes" for Christmas breakfast. Our boys loved it and has really helped cement for them that the REAL point of this is Baby Jesus' birthday. Thanks for the smile at the happy memory this morning.
Good luck with it & happy holidays!

Candace & Anna said...

I might have to steal that one! My daughter loves to help back even at 2.5 so she would certainly get a thrill out of it. Thanks for sharing!

An Ordinary Mom said...

What a neat idea!

Crafty P said...

great idea- I've been loving baking cupcakes lately from my The Cupcake Doctor cookbook!

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Scribbit said...

That is definitely a cute treat--very clever.

Southern Belle said...

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Beth in GA

Cammie said...

We have baked a Christmas tree birthday cake for Jesus since my son's 2nd Christmas. He is now 9. It has been a great tradition!