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Happy Birthday Jesus Cupcakes - Our Christmas Tradition

Cari Jean resides in North Dakota, where she works as a freelance writer and blogs at Faith's Mom's Blog.

Past Christmases

The only Christmas tradition I really remember from when I was younger was having homemade pizza on on Christmas eve - the night we opened gifts. Since getting married and having my own family, I really haven't stuck to that tradition - mainly because my homemade pizza never turned out! And since getting married, it seems like our Christmases have lacked tradition as they have been different every year.

Our first Christmas together, we drove from North Daktoa to Toronto, Ontario to be with my husband's family. It was a long trip - driving about 3,600 miles in all in my husband's Ford Probe in the dead of winter.

The next year, our daughter had been born in October. Since she was born two and a half months early, she was in the NICU over the Holidays and we celebrated Christmas at the local Ronald McDonald House.

Since then, we've celebrated Christmas in three different apartments. And one of those years we traveled to Canada, this time by plane. It was tough traveling with our daughter who had a wheelchair and needed her car seat to sit upright on the plane. I don't think we'll ever do that again!

Our first Christmas with our daughter in the NICU

Our first Christmas with our daughter in the NICU

A New Tradition

Just last year my daughter came up with something that I believe will be our Christmas tradition through the years. One day as Christmas was approaching I asked her what she wanted for Christmas. My daughter exclaimed, "Happy Birthday cupcakes!" Perfect, I thought. After all, we were celebrating the birth of Christ.

It saddens me that Christmas has gotten so commercialized and that oftentimes what is supposed to be a joyous season, is one of stress and anxiety. So many people forget the true meaning of Christmas and "the reason for the season" which is why I just love our new tradition of making Happy Birthday Jesus cupcakes!

Making Cupcakes

Before last year, I always found little gifts to hand out to Faith's caretakers, therapists, respite care providers, anyone that had an important role in her life during the year. We didn't have a lot of extra money to spend last year and really, making cupcakes was pretty inexpensive. Plus, I found some very cute little containers at the dollar store in which to put the cupcakes.

Faith loves to bake and she loves cupcakes so this traditiion is perfect. The funnest part for her is to help stir the ingredients in the bowl and of course to eat some of the frosting! I think last year we made a total of three dozen cupcakes.

Faith loves frosting!

Faith loves frosting!

Our baked and frosted cupcakes

Our baked and frosted cupcakes

Merry Christmas!

After the cupcakes are all made, it's time to package each cupcake into our very cute Christmas containers. Then, on the lid we make a little label. Last year, I wrote "Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy this Happy Birthday Jesus cupcake!"

We then passed them out wherever we went. It really was amazing the response we got from people after they read the label and realized what was inside. Everyone smiled but some even had tears in their eyes. I do hope that we helped them to remember, even if it was for just a moment, why we celebrate Christmas. It's not about the gifts, the tree, the dinner, the's about a Savior who came into this world to be with us and I hope as we continue this tradition, my daughter will remember that above all else.

Packaging our cupcakes for delivery

Packaging our cupcakes for delivery

I put pretty Christmas napkins inside the containers along with the cupcakes.

I put pretty Christmas napkins inside the containers along with the cupcakes.

I love our new tradition and I can't wait to do make Happy Birthday Jesus cupcakes again this year and the next and the next...

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The Christmas Story From the Book of Luke

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.

And the angel said to them,

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“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another,

Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Luke 2:1-21



ALL4JESUS from USA on December 19, 2011:

Merry Christmas! Traditions with a cupcake - beautiful!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on December 17, 2011:

The Stages of ME - thanks so much for your comment and Merry Christmas to you as well! I love your tradition of having sparkling cider and welcoming Jesus to celebrate His birthday. Blessings to you.

Kathy Henderson from Pa on December 17, 2011:

Merry Christmas to you and yours ~ we always have sparkling apple cider and wish the baby Jesus a welcome and celebrate His birthday. This has been our tradition at our Christmas eve open house we even have red and green special cup for the occasion . Tradition and honoring Jesus make Christmas so special in our home tanks for sharing.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on December 06, 2011:

Pollyannalana - thanks so much for your comment! I hope you have a Merry Christmas as well!

Pollyannalana from US on December 03, 2011:

You and your family are beautiful. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Jesus cupcakes. That really is a wonderful idea the more I think about it.


Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on December 18, 2010:

Cari Jean, What a lovely adorable and smart daughter you have! This is such a marvelous tradition to share Jesus cupcakes! What a wonderful thoughtful gift! No wonder her name is Faith! God Bless You!

Thank You for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on December 08, 2010:

Clare - thanks for your comment. The cupcakes are a real treat in many ways!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on December 08, 2010:

ketchup101 - thanks so much for your kind words about my daughter!

Clare on December 08, 2010:

Christmas is a day to celebrate the Birthday of Jesus. I love your Jesus Cupcakes. I think you really have a nice tradition. Btw, i like the picture specially the picture of faith :)

ketchup101 from Philippines on December 07, 2010:

Your daughter is so charming and beautiful. Well, i love the cupcakes :)

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 30, 2010:

Brother Dave - thanks for your comment. My daughter prefers cupcakes over a cake so that is why we do the cupcakes but a cake would be great too!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 30, 2010:

Hello, hello - thank you so much for your comment and kind words. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on November 30, 2010:

How sweet! Birthday cupcakes, and why not? Maybe a birthday cake too, but without candles.

Brother Dave.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 30, 2010:

A very splendid idea. She is absolutely lovely.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 30, 2010:

sheila b. - thanks for your comment and kind words about my daughter. Merry Christmas to you as well!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 30, 2010:

lilianbach83 - thanks so much for your comment. I am looking forward to hearing about your Christmas in Africa!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 29, 2010:

Oceansunsets - thank you so much for your comment and kind words. I truly appreciate it.

sheila b. on November 29, 2010:

Your daughter is such a beautiful girl, and obviously the beauty is deep. Merry Christmas!

lilianbach83 on November 28, 2010:

wow! A Happy Birthday Jesus Cake? Your daughter must be a smart girl to think that so quick! astonishing story you,ve got there! I will be spending my Christmas in Africa I have got much stories to share about spending Christmas in Africa ! and i just hope to put in stories about that in my next hub!

Paula from The Midwest, USA on November 27, 2010:

Cari, loved your hub and your Happy Birthday Jesus Cupcakes! How cute, and loved the pictures too. Great hub and loved the story you shared toward the end as well!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 24, 2010:

sagebrush_mama - I just love how our children remind us to keep the true meaning of Christmas! The birthday cake is a great idea as well! Be blessed.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 24, 2010:

Vladimir - thank you so much for your kind words. Have a blessed Christmas!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 24, 2010:

Unchained Grace - I truly wish we could send you one of our Happy Birthday Jesus cupcakes! Thank you so much for sharing and I love what you do for Christmas by helping the homeless. God bless you, your wife and your ministry team this Christmas season.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 24, 2010:

Karen - Love your comment! Even though our kitchen is very tiny we still manage to have fun baking! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 24, 2010:

Wendy - thanks for your comment and your kind words about my daughter. She is precious to us and such a blessing!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 24, 2010:

Pamela - thank you so much - you are often my first commenter on my hubs and I really appreciate that! Merry Christmas to you as well!

sagebrush_mama from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound! on November 24, 2010:

Beautiful! My son always reminds me that we need to do a Happy Birthday Jesus cake, and I've seen some symbolic ways to decorate, but we usually just keep it simple, with a boxed cake and bought icing. The heart of a child to keep Christ at the center, priceless!

Vladimir Uhri from HubPages, FB on November 24, 2010:

she is beautiful girl.

Unchained Grace from Baltimore, MD on November 23, 2010:

My parents were extremely poor, so growing up I was blessed to be taught the true meaning of Christmas sans the commercialism. This year, as we have done for previous years, my wife and I along with the Holy Truth Outreach Team shall be out providing food and shelter to the homeless. This is our way to celebrate the birth of Jesus. By doing what he would do.

I love the Happy Birthday Jesus Cupcakes and your little daughter looks like a little sweetheart. She is the gift God gave you for His Son's Birthday.

Thank you for a very uplifiting Hub. I wanna cupcake!!!

Karen Metz from Michigan on November 23, 2010:

Oh how sweet! I love the pictures of your precious daughter. I have found that one of the best places in my house, to have good quality time with my children, is in the kitchen baking. It is even more special when baking for Jesus.

Wendy Henderson from Cape Coral on November 23, 2010:

Happy Birthday Jesus Cupcakes are a great idea! And yes, your daughter is adorable.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 23, 2010:

Cari, Your daughter is adorable and I think the cupcakes are a splendid idea. I agree we must remember the purpose of Christmas. Glory to God in the Highest! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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