Thursday, January 1st, 2009
How to explain New Year’s Eve to a toddler
Simple: It’s the night before the world’s birthday.
Making the world a birthday cake is one of our new annual traditions.
Mom applied the chocolate frosting and green edging. Dad wrote “Happy Birthday World 2009″ around the edges in non-sequential order because that’s what dads do. Then we gave our daughter carte blanche to go to town with the leftover toppings from our holiday cookie decorating party.
As she explains it, her cake design features a person in a parade with lots of people watching because that’s how people should celebrate the new year. Incidentally, our TV is off during the day, so she did not see and does not know about the various January 1st parades shown on TV. She did attend a lighted truck parade a couple weeks earlier.
The most important thing to know about cutting a birthday cake is to let your kid have any piece she wants, no matter what your spouse thinks of it. Just jab the knife in there and cut the cake’s heart out. After that, your spouse pretty much has to play along.