Creating Magical and Meaningful Birthday Traditions

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We recently celebrated our third child’s fourth year around the sun. It was a simple day, as usual I opted for no birthday party (although I know when she finally has one it will be extra magical for her) and instead we spent the day with family giving gifts, playing and cooking food together.

Over the years I’ve had many questions about our own family’s birthday traditions- how we celebrate, what we do and what we avoid.

One of the Birthday verse we use is a classic Waldorf one.

If you choose, you can replace “magic” and “bird” with “Angel” or “God”

In the sky shines a golden star, and magic brought you from afar,
from the skies down unto the earth, you came down to your place of birth.
Birthday choirs are singing, birthday bells are ringing!
Dear —‘s turning X today: Happy, happy birthday!
And from the golden sky, a birthday bird is flying by
Bringing wishes and kisses and many a cheer to out —, our birthday child dear. 

Wishing you and yours magical and wonder filled birthday celebrations together.

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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