Five of our family members have birthdays in December.   Every year, we get together to celebrate their birthdays and to bake Christmas cookies.  We sing Happy Birthday once, and attempt to inject all five names into the space where one name usually fits. (unless your name is “DJ Jazzy Jeff” or something like that.  Then one name wouldn’t fit much better than five)  In addition, the goal is to sing the song in our worst possible opera voice.  We’ve done a down home country rendition as well.  I’m thinking a lounge singer version is the next rendition we will attempt.

Isaac likes a little bit of cookie with his frosting:


Liv is 10 going on 25 and is our resident Becky Homecky


Sweet Jonah decorated a cookie and brought it over to me to thank me for having him over to cookie baking day


Eva is as crazy and hilarious as her headband.  If she’s not doing cartwheels and handstands, she usually can be found in her room, changing into another even more fabulous outfit. That’s her pretty mama sitting next to her.


Here’s the birthday crew ranging from 68 to 6.  They’re laughing at our rendition of Happy Birthday.


God has blessed me with a wonderful family.  I hope we have many more years of these kinds of celebrations.






17 thoughts on “68-20-16-10-6

  1. I can relate to this post! Mine is another family with a little extra holiday chaos. When my kids were young I would also have one big party for everyone between Thanksgiving and Christmas and do a rendition of Happy Birthday with six names inserted! Then we would hand out the birthday presents. It always seemed like almost everyone in the room was opening gifts 🙂 Nowadays we celebrate more individually and keep it low-key.
    Hope you enjoy happy holiday birthdays!

  2. Happy birthday to everyone! Mine is on 12th (tomorrow) and it’s always a busy time wit Christmas around the corner. You do well to continue your family tradition.

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