Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Tradition #7: Jesus Birthday Cake

Every Christmas since i was a child we have gone up to my Grandmother's for a scrumptious brunch and family time. She has the best biscuits and gravy on the east coast... i would dare to say "the world". :) We always leave happy with a plate full of chocolates and delights! We started a new tradition a few years ago where we go up to my moms for an evening Christmas feast and celebration. i am pretty sure my mom and grandma are some of the best cooks in Virginia.

i wish some of that Virginian home style cookin' would have rubbed off on me. i still haven't quite found my niche, but i do attempt every year a birthday cake for Jesus. Thanks for the idea from Joyce and Jo Ann, dear friends of ours whom i met in Slovakia on a trip with Jonathan!

i have kinda made a "not on purpose" tradition of trying the cake in a new way every year ...

2007 - Cake

2008 - Jello dessert

2009 - Ice-cream cake

The cake has 4 different colors that symbolize the story of Christ's life purpose. We discuss the meaning of the cake, We thank God together for sending He son, we sing happy birthday and all the kids blow out the candles and dig in. My sister's kids got the story telling down. They are smart kids, of course because they have a smart mom!

Dark color (like chocolate) - In the bible it often refers to darkness as the way life is without God. 1 John 1:5-10, 1 John 2:9-11

Red - Represents Christ endless love and His sacrifice of His life. Basically God's plan from the beginning to restore our relationship with Him. Ephesians 1:3-14

Light color - In the bible God and Christ are often referred to as the powerful light that pierces through the darkness bringing us into the light and a new life. 2 Corinthians 4:5-7, Ephesians 5:8

Green - Represents growth and what are lives like are like when we are seeking Him with our whole hearts. 2 Peter 3:17-18, 2 Thessalonians 1:2-4

I have 8 days left to figure out what this years cake is going to look like... i am thinking cupcakes filled with bavarian cream...mmmm....

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