Birthday Party for Jesus

A Birthday Party for Jesus Is The Best Way To Celebrate

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A Birthday Party for Jesus Is The Best Way To Celebrate

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 deciding what she wanted for Christmas. 

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 associating Christmas only with getting receiving things.

Birthday Party for Jesus

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 fantastic way to keep my kids focused on the real reason for Christmas.

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

Each year we choose to decorate differently, and these are the cute decorations we picked this past year.

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 different holiday traditions. 

Sesame Street – Elmo’s World – Happy Holidays

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 can touch and enjoy. I refuse to be chasing them, telling them, “no, don’t touch” 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 many times. The kids love it!

Fisher-Price Little People: The Story of Christmas

This 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 handpick 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 me 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.

These are just some simple ideas to help take the stress out of your holiday and focus on the Birth of Christ with toddlers in tow. Embrace this time and cater to the age of your kiddos to make it easy for you! Enjoy the small things, mommas, sometimes the simplicity is where’s it’s at—wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

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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