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!


Happy Birthday Jesus Workbook

Happy Birthday Jesus Workbook

Celebrate Jesus' birthday with fun activities, meaningful conversation, and yummy cake to help children ages 3-12 understand the significance of Jesus' birth.  Create a new tradition with your family and friends.  Or use in a classroom or as a church out-reach event.  This workbook promises to build understanding of Jesus' birth while making memories for a lifetime.  

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Cakes and Discussion Ideas

Christmas Cake  Christmas Layer Cake

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

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.

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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.

The Tale of Three Trees

The Tale of Three Trees

By Angela Elwell Hunt, this precious story helps children understand that God uses what is meant for bad for good.

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.

Triangle Christmas Trees

Christmas Crafts and Activities

Enjoy a simple craft as a party activity.

Crafts and Activities

 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)

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

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