Little ones never forget the memories made when families take on fun activities together. As they laugh with you, learn from you and ask questions, they also have a great opportunity to form their faith and develop a deeper relationship with Jesus.
When my kids were growing up, I always appreciated any tool my parish could offer that would help me communicate the Gospel in an easy-to-understand way — and the activity I want to share today does exactly that. Some of our own staff members have shared it with their children, and it’s been a big hit every time! It involves creating a “Happy Birthday, Jesus” cake, but there is much more to it than you might think. Every color and symbol incorporated into this “Happy Birthday, Jesus” cake has a significant meaning and gives you a chance to simply explain why Christ came to us as a baby.
I hope you enjoy this special Christmas activity. It’s memorable, meaningful — and tastes delicious too!
To make this cake, you’ll need three round layers:
You can make it easy and use a boxed mix for the cakes or any recipes you love.
Once the cakes are fully cooled, stack and cover them with white frosting. Draw red hearts in a circle around the top edges of the cake. In the very center, use yellow frosting to draw the star of Bethlehem.
Once finished, place a large red candle in the center of the star.
After your cake is ready, use its colors and symbols to easily explain the Christmas story and how it fits into God’s plan of redemption for the entire world.
Whether you’re a parent, a Catholic teacher or a catechist, we sincerely hope you enjoy this activity and the others featured on our blog. We also encourage you to help your children or students take the next step by putting their faith into action!
Gift-giving is a significant part of the Christmas season; it symbolizes the greatest present the world has ever received — Jesus Christ himself! Our Lord displayed sacrificial generosity by leaving his perfect home in heaven to live among us on Earth. In the same way, we are called to follow his example of love by giving generously to help others.
Cross Catholic Outreach offers many opportunities to share that generous love with some of the people who are most in need around the world. In our Christmas Catalog, for example, you can select from a variety of life-transforming gifts that will bless the lives of struggling children and families. Please consider giving as a family or collecting funds to provide food, clean water or another special gift of your choosing.
God bless you as you lead young hearts — the next generation of the Catholic Church — in faith, love and meaningful service to the poor!
Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2024, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.