Birthdays are a big deal! They’re a great excuse to celebrate the value of each child’s life and to remind them how special they are to God. That’s why every year we bust out the cake, balloons and presents and have a blast.
As great as our physical birthdays are, however, they pale in comparison to our spiritual birthdays, the anniversary of the day we became a brand new creation.
Think about it. On our physical birthday, we were born into a world where we were destined to die, but on our spiritual birthday we were born into a world where we are destined to live . . forever . . . with Jesus!
Now that’s worth celebrating!
The anniversary of your child’s baptism is a great opportunity to recognize what God’s been doing in their life over the past year. It’s a milestone to mark their spiritual growth and to remind them of God’s faithfulness. Plus, it’s a great excuse to eat cake and party with your family. Who doesn’t need more of those?
For your child’s baptism birthday, you can go as big or as small as you want. You don’t even have to spend much money. The important thing is to do something. Mark the day. Celebrate. Make it special.
How to Celebrate
Here are a few possibilities to help make your child’s baptism birthday a meaningful and fun tradition they will look forward to year after year:
The night before your child’s baptism birthday, decorate the breakfast table after they go to bed. You can use balloons, streamers or make a poster wishing them “Happy Baptism Birthday!” Be as sneaky as possible so it’s a big surprise.
Get them a special treat like a doughnut and set out a birthday card and present. You can give them something simple like a bookmark with Scripture or go bigger with a new journal, Bible or a fun Christian CD.
At dinner that night go around the table and have everyone in your family share one way they’ve seen your child become more like Jesus over the last year. Eat cake & celebrate!
If you have pictures or video of your child’s baptism, get them out after dinner and look at them together. If your child wrote a “Jesus Letter” through our KidSplash experience, have them read it out loud to remind them of what God was doing in their heart at the time of their baptism. Remind them how much you love them and pray for them before bed.
That’s it. You can make this day as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be. Don’t feel tied to these ideas, but use them as a springboard to create a unique celebration that fits your family. Over the years these celebrations will encourage your child’s faith and help them to see how they are growing in their walk with God.
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