A Christmas Tradition

Each Christmas Eve, for as long as I can remember, my mother’s side of the family has gathered together for a Christmas Eve dinner of Seafood Newburg.  There is a lot of good food to eat, gifts exchanged, singing and laughter.  But one tradition that stands out the most is the birthday cake we always have for Jesus at the end of the meal.  For several years it was a yule log, and many times it was store bought, and once it was even a cake in a flower pot covered in flower decorations.  It always has candles.  We gather around after are bellies are full, light the candles and sing happy birthday to Jesus, and as you look around the room while you are singing you see bright eyes and little faces of wonder and joy in the candle light.  After all the distractions of decorating, baking, shopping and wrapping, we are reminded of the reason we are celebrating.  It’s our Savior’s Birthday and we are joyful of the hope He brings.

As the Holiday nears, I wanted to let you know just how much I appreciate you, and wish you and your family a blessed Holiday full of wonder and joy, and may the gifts of peace, hope and love fill your New Year.

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Jennifer Rizzo

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  1. says

    This is a lovely tradition to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We have done it in church before with the children singing “Happy Birthday Baby Jesus”, a popular kids song from the musical of the same name. I love traditions like that. Wishing you a blessed Christmas and new year. Pamela

  2. says

    My mother-in-law did the same thing with a birthday cake on Chirstmas. It got a little confusing when our oldest daughter was born on Christmas Day!

    *The same daughter is due to have their second child any day now. What are the chances she’ll have it on Christmas day?

    Mary, I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!


  3. DeDe@DesignedDecor says

    Wow, that brought tears to my eyes! What a fabulous way to remember. I am getting chills just thinking about the actual act of singing Happy Birthday dear Jesus. Thanks so much for sharing this tradition


  4. says

    Hi Mary,

    A lovely, tradition, indeed. Christmas is jolly and merry and fun. But, above all, it is a holy time.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.


  5. says

    What a wonderful tradition! It is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle, and this is such a wonderful way to bring it all back to the reason for the season!

  6. says


    What a wonderful tradition!

    You are the best!  Thank you for being so sweet!  Merry Merry Christmas to you my wonderful friend!


    PS. I LOVE that photograph!

  7. says

    i love this idea for our family as our kids get older… and that cake looks amazing! is it a normal chocolate cake? is it 2 layers or 1? could you share the recipe? blessings