In all the bustle of preparing for Christmas, we may forget what we are celebrating. It is Jesus' birthday! So to help celebrate His birthday, we make a birthday cake for Him. But this is no ordinary cake.
First, the birthday cake itself symbolizes God's love for us (John 3:16).
It is a chocolate cake, to symbolize our sin, black in God's own eyes (Romans 3:23).
White frosting covers the cake just as Christ's purity covers our sins (Isaiah 1:18).
On top of the cake we put a yellow star to signify the one that shone over Jesus' manger (Matthew 2:1-2), an angel to indicate the first glad tidings (Luke 2:9-10), and candles to show that Christ is the light of the world (John 8:12).
There are 12 candles to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world throughout the 12 months of the year, not just at Christmas.
Also, they are red, symbolizing His blood shed for us (Matthew 26:27-28). Finally, we put some evergreens on the cake to signify everlasting life (John 3:16), God's gift to those who receive it. The entire cake is shaped like a star, and we actually make two each year--one for ourselves so we can have a birthday party for Jesus, and one to give away to someone whom the Lord put in our lives.
We pray as a family to direct us--perhaps to a single-parent family, or a family going through a difficult time. We always include a copy of what the cake symbolizes as an evangelistic outreach.