Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Traditions: A Birthday Cake For Jesus

Here is another idea from the "Campbell" Family using the colors of the Wordless Book to explain the Good News of Jesus' birth:
Each year we made two Christmas cakes. One for our family to have and one to give to someone else. My siblings and I took turns giving the cake to someone; it usually was one of our teachers. We also explained the cake's symbolism. When we'd eat our family cake, each of us children would take one of the three colors and tell what it meant.

Start with a baked chocolate cake made in a tart or round pan.  (The round cake is a reminder that God's love for us has no end.  His love for us is so great that He sent His Son to earth. John 3:16)   
Dig a little well in the cake and fill with cherry pie filling topped with cool whip or white icing.  When we were a little older we sprinkled gold (for Heaven) and green (for new life) on top of the cool whip.

The chocolate represented how dark our hearts are with sin before we know Jesus. (Romans 3:23 and Isaiah 53:6)
The cherries represented the blood that He shed for our sins.  (Ephesians 1:7 and Hebrews 9:22)
The cool whip or white icing represents how His blood washes our sins white as snow and He remembers our sin no more. (Romans 4:24 and Isaiah 61:10)
I love the simplicity of this cake yet the meaning is so rich.  Precious tradition to do with children of all ages. 

Here is another idea that can be done with a preschooler's short attention span.

Make a chocolate cake to represent the human sinful condition.  Frost with icing.  Add a red candle to represent Christ's blood shed on the Cross.  A white candle stands for how Jesus washed away our sins.  A green candle represents renewal and growth.  A yellow candle stands for the golden streets of heaven.

Next week I will share a couple more ideas for birthday cake for Jesus for the older kids in your life.

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