We recently celebrated Juniper’s fourth year around the sun. It was a simple day, as usual I opted for no birthday party (although I know when she finally has one it will be extra magical for her) and instead we spent the day with family giving gifts, playing and cooking food together.
Over the years I’ve had many questions about our own family’s birthday traditions- how we celebrate, what we do and what we avoid. There is a mini eBook in the Shop called Whole Family Birthdays that contains all of this and much more. It includes birthday verses and songs, a simple cake recipe (which many of you have used and love- thank you for sharing), a pattern for a felt birthday crown and a magical birthday story hat can be completely personalized for each family. I also include some advice and notes on how to keep birthday parties and presents simple, meaningful and minimalist.
One of the Birthday verse in the eBook can be expressed with religious, spiritual or atheistic language. Below is an example of the latter to use with your little ones. If you choose, you can replace “magic” and “bird” with “Angel” or “God”
In the sky shines a golden star, and magic brought you from afar,
from the skies down unto the earth, you came down to your place of birth.
Birthday choirs are singing, birthday bells are ringing!
Dear —‘s turning X today: Happy, happy birthday!
And from the golden sky, a birthday bird is flying by
Bringing wishes and kisses and many a cheer to out —, our birthday child dear.
Wishing you and yours magical and wonder filled birthday celebrations together.