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Let the Birthdays Begin! - Livin' the Good Life

Mar. 26th, 2010

05:59 pm - Let the Birthdays Begin!

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April birthdays are nearly upon us, and our Waldorf group has three of them! I'm starting a tradition of making Birthday Capes for each birthday child. It's a tradition I began with Ben when he was three. I make a shiny cape with stars on it, one star for each birthday. They wear it on their birthday (and ONLY on their birthday).

The one I made today is for a little girl who is turning four years old.
birthday cape

Here is a verse to say to your child the night before his/her birthday:

"When I have said my evening prayer,
And my clothes are folded on my chair,
And mother switches off the light,
I'll still be ____ years old tonight.
But, from the very break of day,
Before the children rise and play,
Before the darkness turns to gold,
Tomorrow I'll be ____ years old.
____ kisses when I wake
____ candles on my cake."

The birthday cape, with the appropriate stars, will be waiting by the bedside in the morning... so you might want to add: "____ stars on my cape!"

I'm so weary of the traditional "Happy Birthday" song. I taught the Waldorf moms a new one I got from one of the Waldorf songbooks. The lyrics go:

"Joyful, joyful, joyful greetings!
We come to wish you everything
Of good the coming year may bring!
Welcome, welcome, dear _____ on your birthday!"

The music is challenging and interesting. And it truly is a joyful song. I like it much better!

(This song and verse, plus many, many more can be found in the wonderful book, THE SINGING DAY by Candy Verney.)