My youngest child and only daughter turns 15 later this week! And it’s her “golden birthday” she tells me: turning 15 on the 15th. So, I am in birthday mode. In fact, my daughter, my husband, and my father all have birthdays in March! (And my father is turning 80!) Here are some birthday rituals for Waldorf families.
Birthdays in our house bring a few rituals with them. The first is a verse that I recite to my child at breakfast. Then, I leave the card with the verse on it at his or her place at the table. I love this verse, a reminder that we each have our own star out there that feeds us.
Above my head, the stars do shine;
Each star is like a flame.
And one is mine, that o’er me shone
When to this earth I came.
Upon this earth, my step is firm;
The stones are ‘neath my feet.
I see the birds and beasts and flowers,
And loving people greet.
And every year, the day returns
When my star it shineth bright.
And I receive within my heart
The glory of its light.
Other Birthday Rituals for Waldorf Families
- The birthday boy or girl gets to pick the dinner menu and the type of cake he/she wants!
- Sometime during they day, I share the story of his or her birth.
- And we read two other well-loved books on birthdays
On the Day You Were Born by Debra Fraser.
And Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.
What are the birthday rituals at your house?