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Birthday traditions

Cultures around the world celebrate birthdays, and children’s birthdays seem to take center stage.

Many families have special birthday traditions, which can be as simple as always lighting a candle and singing the Happy Birthday song, or as elaborate as a scavenger hunt for presents. Traditions like this are more than just fun: they are anchoring moments for children through the various rites of passage.

What makes for fun birthday traditions?

  • A special way to wake up, like waffles with all the toppings.

  • Write a card or letter to your child telling them all the ways they are wonderful and loved.

  • Let the birthday child pick dinner that night.

  • A photo in (relatively) the same setting from year to year. That way you’ll have a great collage in the making for when your child reaches adulthood.

At Kidspirit we offer fun, active birthday celebrations involving crafts, activities, gymnastics and more. Visit us at to view current offerings.


Brought to you by:

Karen Swanger is the Director of OSU KidSpirit Oregon 4-H Youth Programs


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