My daughter, Sophie, just turned 8 yesterday. Our family likes to make a BIG DEAL out of birthdays. We've started traditions along the way and have kept many of them.
Here are just a few highlights:
- on birthday mornings all the other family members wake the person up with a LOUD rendition of Happy Birthday
- a Krispy Kreme donut with a candle in it is on their plate
- balloons and flowers are at their place
- birthday person gets to choose where we go out to eat - usually it's Carrabbas!
- a poster of some sort with pix from the past year (sometimes a baby pic) is sitting by their place
- for the kids, dad writes a birthday letter to each of them every year which I read to them.
Here is a small portion from the letter that I wrote Sophie this year:
There is a verse in the Bible that says: “Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends!” Philippians 4:1 You are my joy and my crown, Sophie. I’ve told you this from the very beginning of your life and whispered it in your ear as I held you in the hospital. Joy is something that runs deep inside me when I get to be with you. You make my heart smile (if it could)! A crown is something that a king or queen wears and is proud of. It is something for others to see. I have to admit, I want others to see what a wonderful daughter I have in you.
These are things that I want her to know. I've heard countless times about the difference a daddy makes in the lives of his daughters. In fact, Kevin Leman wrote a great book about it.
We treat birthdays with a lot of love in our family because we believe that this not only speaks, but shows VALUE to our kids. I wonder if you have some birthday traditions that we could learn from?