Toddlers, Christmas and a Birthday Party for Jesus

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Toddlers, Christmas and a Birthday Party for Jesus

A few years back I decided that one of my new contributions to my children’s holiday heritage would be a birthday party for Jesus on Christmas day. We had gotten to a point where my kids had so many material things that my oldest daughter was having trouble thinking of things to ask Santa for. We needed a new annual Christmas plan; I wasn’t going to allow us to become that family! Seriously, I needed new traditions to transition away from correlating Christmas to getting material things.

So now every Christmas Day we have a birthday party for Jesus with a birthday cake, sing Happy Birthday and decorate just like any other birthday party! It’s such a wonderful way to keep my kids focused on the real reason of Christmas.

You can make a cake or cupcakes, decorate for the party; it’s a perfect way to incorporate the reminder for the season!

Each year we celebrate, and these are the cute decorations we picked this past year.

Happy Birthday Jesus Religious Christmas Paper Plates and Napkins Party Supplies for Kids Bundle – 2 Items: 7″ Paper Dessert Plates & 5″ Paper Beverage Napkins – Service for 16

We usually watch this DVD all month long, Elmo tells you about Christmas, Santa, and other Holidays such as Hanukkah.

Such a great way to prepare them for what’s to come, and learn about other holiday traditions. 

Sesame Street – Elmo’s World – Happy Holidays


Toddlers, Christmas and a Birthday Party for Jesus

Simple Ways to Keep Christmas Toddler Friendly

We put out a nativity scene that the kids can play with all December. In the season I am in with two toddlers in the house, I want to remove any unnecessary stress. These may not be the years to put my ceramic nativity scene out; it’s easier to embrace where I am and put out only items that they are allowed to touch and can enjoy. I refuse to be chasing them, telling them “no don’t touch” to all the decorations the whole month. It just isn’t worth making us all stressed.

Fisher-Price Little People A Christmas Story

We also use the book that goes with it, and I tell the story of Jesus’ birth over and over. The kids love it!

Fisher-Price Little People: The Story of Christmas (Boardbooks – Board Book)

Which brings me to the Christmas Tree, now some people may not get it, but I have two toddlers…both boys. If I put a Christmas Tree up right now, they will not only want to hand pick each ornament off and break them one by one. They will also find a way to climb the tree, push each other into the tree, and probably some other crazy things I can’t even dream up!

So again, to save myself from all the craziness- I didn’t do a big fancy tree this year, another stress saver for the season I am in. So instead we do this hands-on felt tree, and it is a hit! A Christmas tree that they can put their hands all over, and redecorate all month long. It’s perfect! If you have littles, I promise you this will not disappoint.

3.6FT(Large) Felt Christmas Tree Set with Ornaments – Double Stitched- Wall Hanging-Handmade

These are just some simple ideas for any of you with littles to take the stress out of your holiday and focus on the Birth of Christ. Embrace this time and cater to the age of your kiddos to make it easy on you! Enjoy the small things mommas, sometimes the simplicity is where’s it’s at. Wishing you all Happy Holidays!

Luke 2:11 NIV

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.


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  1. These are really great ideas to introduce the birth of Jesus to toddlers and young children! I have always wanted to get the Fisher Price Nativity Set for my kids. It’s a hands on way to have the Christmas story stick in their minds, and I won’t be worried about anything getting broken! 🙂

  2. Jill

    This is awesome! We usually do the same thing. MY kids are almost 8 & 10 now, we started when they were about 2 & 4. It IS so ideal for teaching young kids. They get birthday parties! I’ve not seen anyone else doing the birthday cake. I usually get the crazy eye if I mention it…lol So glad you’re sharing this, I’d love to see it go “mainstream.” 😉

    1. Thanks Jill! I too think traditions like a birthday party for our savior should be more mainstream! Crazy eye, that’s funny!

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