Birthday Traditions: Heartwarming Thursday

by Jill Kemerer

Today is my youngest’s birthday! We’re pretty low-key in our household, so I thought I’d share what we do and find out what you do for birthdays.



Chocolate Pie with Oreo Crust. It’s not fancy, but it tastes SO good!

In the morning, we all wish the birthday boy or girl a Happy Birthday. Then everyone scatters for whatever is on their schedule that day. I wrap the gift(s), make the cake/dessert and sign the card before everyone gets home that evening.

Depending on the day and whose birthday it is, we usually stay in for dinner. I like to cook, so I make their favorite meal. However, my husband’s birthday is in March when we’re sick of being stuck inside all winter. We always take him out to dinner (and honestly, it’s like a birthday gift for us all!).

After we eat, we bring out the cake or requested dessert–cake, chocolate pie or chocolate lasagna are favorites–and ice cream. We sing “Happy Birthday” and light the candles, and as we snack on the sweets, presents are opened and pictures are taken.

When the kids were younger, my husband and I threw a party for their friends every other year. I couldn’t handle planning a big party with tons of kids every year! While I’m glad my kids loved these parties, I was very thankful when they were over. There’s something exhausting about trying to keep a dozen small children occupied for two hours. All you parents/grandparents who do this every year, I salute you! A party planner, I am not. 🙂

Now you know how we celebrate birthdays. I’d love to hear how YOU celebrate them! Leave a comment!

Have a terrific day!