Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Birthday Cake for the Birthday Boy on Christmas Day

"I’m participating in the Keeping Christ in Christmas Blog Carnival, hosted by Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help us focus on Jesus as the Reason for the Christmas season. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of carnival entries.”

“Are these all the Christmas cakes you have? Or do you have other designs?” I asked the lady in the bakeshop counter.  I was buying some bread last week when I noticed the cakes on display that have Christmas designs. 

I saw a cake decorated with poinsettia flowers.  I saw another cake decorated with Christmas lanterns and gifts.  I saw another cake with red and green candy sprinkles.  I saw a cake with the words “Merry Christmas” on it.  I saw another cake with Santa Claus and some gifts. 

“Do you have a cake with a Baby Jesus in the manger design?”  I asked further.

The bakeshop staff however said that they don’t have any other Christmas cake designs aside from those on display.  I was disappointed and sad when I heard her reply. 

“Why do you have a Santa Claus design but you don’t have a Baby Jesus design on your Christmas cakes?  Isn’t it that Jesus is the one celebrating His birthday on Christmas Day and not Santa Claus?  Why is there no birthday cake for the REAL REASON why we have Christmas?”

The poor bakeshop staff could not offer me a better explanation.  So, I asked her to make a suggestion to whoever is in charge of their cake designs, to come up with a design fit for the Birthday Boy on Christmas day.  I found it ironic that I have yet to find a greeting cake or a birthday cake that’s designed to celebrate JESUS’ birth.  I don’t know if she will relay my feedback or suggestion to their management or not.  I hope she will.  I hope she was also disturbed by my questions.

We have a Christmas tradition in our young family to have a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas day.  Since we have yet to find a greeting cake or birthday cake with a manger design or something related to Jesus’ birth, I simply buy an ordinary cake and ask the bakeshop staff to write “Happy Birthday, Jesus!”  We also put a candle on it.  Our eldest son leads in singing the Birthday Song for Jesus then he blows the candle on the cake.  We started this family tradition when our eldest was still two years old.  I intend to do the same thing this year.  This time, our two boys will be singing the Birthday Song for Jesus with my husband and me.  It seems that I still wouldn’t find the kind of cake I’m looking for in the regular or popular bakeshops in the metro.  I think the only way to have that kind of cake design is to bake our own cake and design it ourselves or to order for a customized cake.  This really makes me sad.

I hope more bakeshop owners would design more Christ-centered Christmas cakes so that Christ would not be alienated from people’s Christmas celebrations or people would be reminded somehow of the REAL REASON for our Christmas celebration.

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Think of it this way.  You learned that your friends are celebrating your birthday.  You saw that there are plenty of food and drinks at the table to feast on.  But you saw also that the birthday cake has the name and image/photo of one of your friends and not yours.  Moreover, you saw that there were plenty of gifts in the party but none of them were for you.  You learned that your friends are exchanging gifts with each other during the party and that none of them remembered to get one for you.  How would you feel in this situation?

Now, if this is what Jesus Christ would see and experience on His Birthday, on Christmas Day, as He visits our homes and offices, what do you think would He feel? 

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Let us not forget why there is CHRISTmas.  Let us not forget to greet Jesus Christ on His Birthday.  Let us not forget to thank God for sending Jesus to be our Savior.  Let us not forget to thank Jesus Christ for coming to the world to redeem us.  Let us not forget to offer Him a gift.  Let us follow the example of the Magi who honored Him with gifts.  Let us prepare our hearts for His coming so that our hearts and homes would be ready to welcome Him when He comes to visit us on His Birthday.  That way, we would be able to bring Him joy in our own simple way.

And as we prepare our Christmas feast or Noche Buena, may we not forget to get a birthday cake for the Birthday Boy.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas celebration warmed by the loving and holy presence of Christ!
Here is another blog post I wrote in 2010 that's related to our blog carnival topic. 

Preparing for CHRISTmas.  In this blog post, I shared how we experienced Christ's presence during the Advent and Christmas season in a very meaningful way through service to the community and the Church.

I hope these posts inspire you together with the other posts in the blog carnival.  You click the links below to read the rest.

Homeschool Mosaics: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Joy: Keeping Christ in Christmas: Advent Interruptions
The Breadbox Letters: Interrupted by Glory
TwentyTuesdayAfternoons: Keeping Christ in Christmas/ The Season of Giving / A Wee Bit of Beach Holiday Angst
The Learning Basket: Staying With the Nativity Story
Tercets: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Rosary Mom: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Ate Maui: Hoping and Bringing Hope
Written By the Finger of God: 12 Traditions for Keeping Christ in Christmas
Dominique's Desk: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Felix at Fifty: What Jesus Wants for Christmas
Mommy Bares All: Birthday Cake for the Birthday Boy on Christmas Day
Between Now and Later: Keeping Christ in Christmas, I am trying...
Lique's Antics: Family Antics: Christmas Reflection
Life of Fortunate Chances: Our First Ever Christmas: Keeping Christ in Christmas
The Mommy Journey: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Roller Coaster Ride: How to Remind Your Kids of Jesus Christ This Christmas
Cymplified: Christ -Centered Christmas: Cymplified!
Mountain Grace: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Touring Kitty: Grown-up Christmas List
Mommy Chinkysoup for the Soul: A Very Special Christmas
City Girl, Country Home: Finding Jesus in a Flurry
Coffee Moments with Sam: Christmas Unwrapped: 5 Presents Our Kids Truly Deserve
Raising Lifelong Learners: Keeping Christ in Christmas
The Diary of a Sower: Keeping Christ in Christmas: Celebrating the Golden Days
Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Raising (and Teaching) Little Saints: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Truly Rich Mom: The Greatest Gift of All This Christmas
Joy-Filled Family: CHRIST in Christmas
Blueberry 010: Keeping Christ in Christmas: Jesus is the Reason for the Season
Deeper Truth Blog: Keeping Christ in Christmas Carnival
Holy Ducklings: 10 Ways to Make Advent Special for Your Little Ducklings
Green Eggs and Moms: Keeping Christ in Christmas: Green Eggs & Moms Style!


  1. Good point! My daughter is just a year old but I want her to know that Christmas is for celebrating the birth of Jesus. I'm definitely getting a cake for Jesus starting this year :)

  2. We make our own birthday cake because the kids get involved and think they are sous chefs. Its not the prettiest next to all the professionally baked ones, but it's sprinkled with a whole lotta love. Merry Christmas, Tere.

  3. I love having a cake for Baby Jesus... and the little ones (in my case it's the grandchildren now)love blowing out the candles together! Thanks for sharing good ideas.

  4. I do hope they'd make a cake for Jesus, and I love the idea of having a baby shower for Jesus and donating the diapers to those who are in need. I will also ask my children to sing a birthday song for Jesus. Oh, I do hope to instill in my children that Christmas is not all about getting gifts but celebrating Jesus' birth.

  5. Hi Teresa! :) So sorry for the late comment. Thank you SO much for joining the carnival! :) Maybe we can contact mommy bakers we know to come up with birthday cake designs for Jesus next year! :) Hehe! :) Thank you for sharing your ideas and thoughts! God bless always!