Happy Birthday, Jesus Poster

If you've had a preschooler or elementary-aged child, you've experienced the joy of birthdays. These kiddos love to tell everyone they come in contact with how old they are. They eagerly await the celebration of their day and the presents hoped for. This connection of birthday excitement is why focusing on Jesus' birthday during Christmas provides such a large impact on this age group.  On this page discover ample ideas - from simple to more detailed - to have your own "Happy Birthday, Jesus" party!

 

Cakes and Discussion Ideas

Christmas Cake  Christmas Layer Cake

Supplies: 
3 layered round cake - red, green, and chocolate layers
White frosting
Yellow frosting
Candles

To make the colored layers, mix a white cake according to the box/recipe directions. Divide the batter in half. Drop several drops of green food coloring in one half, and red food coloring in the other half. Pour each into 8" round cake pans and bake according to recipe directions.  Also bake one 8" round chocolate cake.

When cooled, stack the chocolate layer, red layer in the middle, ending with the green layer with white frosting in between. Frost the entire cake with white frosting. Add yellow decorations and candles to the top.  Discuss the symbolism while assembling.

Symbolism:
The chocolate layer reminds us that our heart is full of sin.
The red layer reminds us that Jesus shed His blood for our sins.
The white frosting reminds us that Jesus will forgive our sins and give us a clean heart.
The green layer reminds us to grow in Christ through praying, reading the Bible, and worshiping.
The yellow decorations remind us of heaven.
The candles remind us Jesus is the Light of the world.

Christmas Cake with Toppers

Supplies: 

  • Undecorated Cake
  • Angel (to put on cake)
  • 3 Red Candles
  • Lighter
  • Evergreen or green sprinkles

Make or purchase an undecorated cake. Add the following items to the cake and discuss using the suggested Scripture:

  • A star for Bethlehem (Christ’s birthplace) or for the star the wise men followed to find Jesus. (Matthew 2:1-12, Luke 2:1-6)
  • An angel that told the Mary she would give birth to Jesus and told the shepherds Jesus was born (Luke 1:26-38, 2:8-20).
  • Three red candles on the cake to symbolizes the trinity – God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. (John 14, John 1:15, 10-14, 18, Genesis 1:26, 3:22, 11:7, Isaiah 6:8)
  • Light the candles – Jesus will shine in our hearts if we ask Him to be our Savior. (Matthew 5:16)
  • Place evergreen around the cake or sprinkle with green sprinkles to symbolize the eternal life we have through Christ. (John 3:16, 1 John 5:11-12) It also reminds us to keep growing in our relationship with Christ through prayer, worship, and reading our Bible.

Chocolate Cake with Sprinkles

Supplies: 

  • Round Chocolate Cake
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • Cool Whip Topping or White Icing
  • Green Sprinkles
  • Gold Sprinkles

Idea shared by Nicole:  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.)  When shared we explained the cake’s symbolism to the receiver.

Start with a round chocolate cake.  The chocolate represented how dark our hearts are with sin before we know Jesus (Romans 3:23 and Isaiah 53:6).  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.  The cherries represented the blood that He shed for our sins (Ephesians 1:7 and Hebrews 9:22).

Top the cake with cool whip or white icing.  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).

Cover the cake with green (for new life) an gold (for Heaven) sprinkles.

 

Christmas Cake with Candles

This simple idea is perfect for a little one's short attention span.

Supplies: 

  • Chocolate Cake
  • White Icing
  • Red, green, and yellow candles

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

 

Happy Birthday, Jesus Party Activities

Below are possible activities to do during a party.  Scroll down for a suggested agenda.

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees  Christmas Tree Ornaments

Using craft scissors, cut the popsicle sticks to the size needed.  Then glue them together with a hot glue gun and paint.  While the glue and paint is drying, have fun with the other activities.  Decorate and add a piece of string to the back of the ornament to make it hangable.

The Tale of Three Trees   Read The Tale of Three Trees
The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt is a precious story to help children understand how what is meant for bad, God will use for God.
 
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Hide a nativity set pieces around the room or house.  Give the children hints of what piece they will be looking for.
 
Or have the children hide the piece and allow one child to find it.  As they are looking give them clues to help them know how close they are to the hidden piece.  Use the standard hot/cold clues or do something geared toward Christmas.  Give them numbers between 1 and 25.  The closer they are to the piece, the closer the number is to 25.  Or, pat your legs like a donkey walking.  The closer the donkey gets to “Bethlehem” the faster the donkey walks.
 
“I told Mary that she would give birth to a son.  He was to be named Jesus.  Who am I?”  (Angel)
“I loved Mary very much.  She and I had to travel to Bethlehem.  Who am I?”  (Joseph)
“Although I was frightened by the angel, I told God that I would do what He chose for me to do.”  (Mary)
“I carried Mary to the inn.  Hee-haw!  What am I?”  (Donkey)
“We were watching our sheep and suddenly an angel stood before us saying, “Today, in the town of Bethlehem, a Savior has been born.  He is lying in a manger.  Who are we?”  (Shepherds)
“Baby Jesus was born in our stable.  Moo-moo!  What are we?”  (Cow)
“God put a special star in the sky as a sign that a new king had been born.  We followed the star to find Jesus.  Who are we?”  (Wise Men)
“I am the greatest gift at Christmas time.  My Father sent me to save the world from their sins.  Who am I?”  (Jesus)
 
Play Dough Manger Scene  Build a Nativity Scene
Using modeling clay or play dough, create your own nativity scene.  Have the child tell the story using his/her creations.  This would be a wonderful Family Night activity.
 
What Doesn't Belong?
 
Display in front of the child a nativity set.  Explain that the child is to figure out what pieces of the nativity set were actually at the first Christmas.  Group together based on "yes," "no," or "maybe" (the Bible doesn’t say) being at the first Christmas.  When finished read the Christmas story from Luke 2 or a children’s Bible to see if the classifications are correct.  
 
Cows?  Maybe, the Bible doesn’t say
Manger?  Yes, Luke 2:7
Mary?  Yes, Luke 2
Sheep?  Maybe, the Bible doesn’t say
Joseph?  Yes, Luke 2
Jesus?  Yes, Luke 2
Shepherds?  Yes, Luke 2
Donkey?  Maybe, the Bible doesn’t say
The Wise Men?  No, Matthew 2:11
Manger?  Yes, Luke 2
Angel?  No, Luke 2:15
 
 

 

 

Happy Birthday Jesus Party Agenda for a Group

Supplies Needed

  • Wide Popsicle Sticks (some precut to make the different sized branches for the tree)
  • Sandpaper
  • Glue (Hot glue would work well for the Christmas Trees)
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Craft Items to Decorate the Trees
  • String
  • The Tale of Three Trees Book
  • Nativity Set (hidden around the room)
  • Bible
  • Play Dough
  • 3 layered round cake – red, green, and chocolate layers
  • White frosting
  • Yellow frosting
  • Candles

Party Agenda

Below is a sample agenda using ideas listed above.

1.  Christmas Tree Ornament

Since drying time is needed, begin with this activity.  Using craft scissors, cut the popsicle sticks to the size needed.  Then glue them together with a hot glue gun and paint.  

2.  Read The Tale of Three Trees

To tie the ornaments to Christmas, read The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt.

3.  Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Before beginning the party, hide nativity set pieces around the room or house.  Give the children hints of what piece they will be looking for.

4. Build a Nativity Scene

Older kids love to have team games.   Divide the kiddos into small teams.   Give each group of children a set of play dough.  Instruct them to create a manger scene just as it would have been at the first Christmas.  Do not give a lot of instructions as they just cramp the imagination of children.  These creations will be used for the next activity.  

5.  What Doesn't Belong?

Divide the children into small groups.  Explain that the children are to figure out what pieces of the manger scene were actually at the first Christmas.  Each team will take turns discussing and saying yes, no, or maybe (the Bible doesn’t say).  If the team is correct, they get one point.  After the game is finished, read the Christmas story from Luke 2 or a children’s Bible.  Return to the play dough nativity scenes that the children created.  Who had the most items correct?

6.  Return to the Christmas Tree Ornaments to decorate. 

7.  Happy Birthday, Jesus Cake

End with cake and drinks.  Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and pray thanking God for “sending His only Son, the whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have eternal life.”

 

Birthday Party Supplies

 

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