Birthday celebrations should be fun for everyone. Pulling off something different and exciting every year can, however, become stressful even for the best of parents. Everyone likes to celebrate birthdays because for one day they become the center of attention. The cake, ice cream and presents are all about them. What if you could use this special birthday time to instill values into the special birthday celebration that will impact the whole family? Here is a simple way for you as moms and dads to inspire, encourage and speak life-giving words during each birthday celebration.
Here is a family tradition from our home that turns the cake and ice cream into an encouraging and honoring time. As the cake and ice cream are served, each one that is gathered gets to tell his or her favorite story about the one who is having the birthday. Each person recounts a favorite story about the birthday boy or girl. The story can be about something very special the person did or said that impacted them. The stories are meant to encourage, inspire, and lift up the special birthday family member.
Each year, new stories are told and old stories are repeated. Some of the stories make everyone laugh at the memory and some of the stories bring emotional responses every time they are told. The overwhelming theme of the stores is to honor the person about whom the story is shared: the birthday honoree. The person who is being honored hears words and stories about them that really has great impact. We have watched this family tradition being carried into next generation on each child’s birthday celebration because everyone wants to be celebrated on their special day.
Next time as you serve up the cake and ice cream, tell all who are present that we are going to go around the table and tell our favorite stories about the one being celebrated. You will be amazed at the stories and the fun your family will have in your new birthday tradition.