Guest Post, Traditions

Happy Birthday, Jesus | GUEST POST by Nicole Zasowski

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by Nicole Zasowski

“Happy birthday to you…”

The “Happy Birthday song” is the soundtrack to our family’s lively Christmas Eve. We celebrate with our dear family friends and there are four kids under the age of six between the two family families.

After the flurry of chaos of leaving our church’s Christmas Eve service, saying Merry Christmas to families we happen to catch on our way out the door, we all change into our comfy clothes (adults included!) and do our very best to photograph the four munchkins in their matching pajamas. We are very lucky if we get a photo without an adult’s arm outstretched in an attempt to keep the toddlers on the couch.

The meal is always delicious, but different every year. The dessert is always the same: birthday cake.

As the minutes tick past bedtime, we light the candles on a cake that says, “Happy Birthday Jesus” in a script-like font. We turn off the lights and gather around the glow of the cake and we all sing the birthday song in off-key harmony.

It’s beautiful. It is what some people refer to as a thin place – a transcendent place in time or space that makes heaven feel just a little bit closer.

The evening is admittedly a bit messy and a little chaotic, and it’s special and meaningful and sacred at the very same time.

This small tradition we have is a reminder that the birth of Jesus was Christ stooping to our brokenness, our mess, and our chaos. Singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus reminds me that His birthday is the day that changed everything because His presence changes everything.

With Jesus, life may not always feel happy, but we can have joy. With Jesus, life may not always feel calm, but we can have peace. This is the gift of His presence – the gift we celebrate on His birthday.

As Corrie Ten Boom said, “Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life.”

Sharing birthday cake on Christmas Eve with our dear friends is our way of remembering just that.

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NICOLE ZASOWSKI | is a writer, speaker, and licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Connecticut, where she lives with her husband Jimmy and her son James. As an old soul who wears her heart on her sleeve, she speaks and writes vulnerably about topics that relate to faith and life on her blog

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