September brings with it an end of summer, a start of another school year, and in our family, two birthdays: mine and my youngest daughter’s. (There’s also the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8), which provides yet another excuse for us to devour birthday cake!)
In a culture that devalues life, celebrating a birthday says, “I’m glad you were born. I’m blessed to know you. I enjoy spending time with you.”
My parents welcomed me in their mid-to-late forties, more than a decade after the younger of my two brothers. My brothers welcomed me as well, despite the fact it meant that eventually they had to share a room. I say eventually, because I think I slept in a crib in my parents’ room until I was five. (Maybe that’s the subconscious reason I’ve never used a crib with our kids. Hmmm . . . )
Our family celebrations were simple and traditional: cake and ice cream. Our cakes most often came from the German bakery in town. Any leftovers made for a rich, calorie-laden breakfast with a glass of cold milk.
Now, in my own family, beyond the cake, ice cream, singing and presents, there’s not much else we do. Some families incorporate favorite meals, special notes, and other creative ways of celebrating the lives of those we love.
I’d love to hear what your family does and perhaps incorporate your traditions into our family birthday celebrations.
What do you do to make birthdays special in your family?
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