Up until a few months ago I didn’t actually have an idea what does Waldorf birthday means. As my little A’s first birthday was approaching rapidly I did a bit research and get familiar about Waldorf birthday tradition.
There is many valuable books full with stories and celebration ideas like The Birthday Book by Ann Druitt and Let us Form a Ring, Un Acorn Hill Anthology, with lovely Waldorf verses and songs.
In haven shines golden star,
An angel brought me from a far,
From heaven high unto the earth,
And brought me to my place of birth.
Welcome, welcome, lovely day,
With sunshine bright and flowers gay,
With painted birds that sing their song,
To make e good and kind and strong.
I wasn’t able to get wooden birthday ring as I imagined something natural like this one. Hope next year will find a way to make our own.
For the present she got very precious book and my plan was little baby Waldorf doll, but I wasn’t able to finish it on time because I had accident with my hand. Nevertheless, I manage to make themed birthday cake.
Hello Kitty fondant cake from the outside and, believe it or not, from the inside it was Banana Chocolate Chips Muffins. Turned out great cake tasty and easy to shape under the fondant. It is not quite traditional cake but Hello Kitty is one of her favourite plush toys and she loves my homemade banana chocolate chips muffins.
Waldorf Birthday Crown
In our little family we like to make things simple so we liked simplicity of Waldorf tradition and decided to make special first birthday, as it should be. So for the very special day and our little princess I’ve made traditional Waldorf birthday Crown. I needle felted flowers and sew them to two layers of felt which I pre cut to crown shape. On the back I sewed elastic so we can use it next year only with number change. It was my first time crown ever and I like the way it turned out.
The Night Before Birthday
Our preparation started the night before birthday with beautiful Waldorf verse before going to bed. It is part of our bedtime routine to read a book so this evening was no exception but on the end I’ve read her this beautiful verse. I actually changed it a bit. I’ve added 1000 kisses instead of just one.
When I have said my evening prayer,
And my clothes are folded on my chair,
And Mother/Father switches off the light,
I’ll still be 0 years old tonight.
But form the very break of day,
Before the children rise and play,
Before the darkness turns to gold,
Tomorrow, I’ll be 1 years old….
1000 kisses when I wake,
1 candle on my cake.
And when she fall asleep I’ve set her special dress, shoes, crown and a gift with birthday card to wait for her the next morning.
My sweetheart was so cute, when she woke up she went straight to her throne and first thing she took was a birthday card. I was so proud. After that she opened her present.
The rest of the day we spent together as a family, enjoying family meal, the cake and short walk to park. She really enjoyed all of it but full house of balloons the most.
Little Angel’s Journey
First time I’ve read this story it touched me so deeply I knew I want read this to my baby. Little Angel’s Journey, also known as Rainbow Bridge Birthday story is a real treasure to have and valuable birthday gift.
Here is short version:
Once upon a time there was a little child named____________ who was still with the angels in heaven and he/she was very happy there. He looked at the beautiful colors and listened to the lovely music, and that was where he belonged. But one day the clouds parted in heaven and __________saw the beautiful green earth below with all the people happily playing and working and he suddenly longed to go there and see what it was like. He saw all the rainbow colors of the earth, He saw butterflies visiting flowers and birds flying in the air. They seemed to be beckoning him. He saw fish swimming in the sea and all the different plants that covered the earth. he saw children climbing trees running and jumping in the meadows and walking through sand and leaves. It was all so beautiful!
So he said to his angel, ‘Please, may I go down to earth now?” But his angel looked at him and said, “No, it is too soon. You must wait a little while yet”. So the child went and was happy and soon forgot about the earth. Then one day again he saw a glimpse of the earth through the clouds again. He saw mother and fathers doing their work. He saw bakers and engineers and writers and farmers. He saw mothers and fathers loving their
children. Then he saw a beautiful mother with love and longing in her heart for a child and he asked his angel now, “May I go to her?”
The angel said, “You must go through the land of dreams first.”
The next night the little child had a dream. He dreamed that he met and man and a woman and they stretched out their arms to him and asked him to come be their child. The child told his angel the dream. The angel said, “It is now time for you to go.”
So the child asked, “So may I go now?”
“You shall see.” Said the angel.
That night the child went to sleep into dreamland and while ten moons waxed and waned he rocked in a little boat. And at the end of that time a beautiful rainbow bridge stretched from heaven to earth and on it came the child as a tiny baby and slid into his mother and father’s waiting arms. They looked in awe at this new life and
said “We shall call him/her ____________ “
…. See more at Earthschooling.info including an example how to change the story.
How do you celebrate your birthdays? Do you have any special traditions?