Did you know that Jamin (of Re-wood Toys, aka my husband) makes these beautiful birthday rings!
Have you heard of birthday rings? Have you seen one before? Have you used one?
The Birthday Ring is a birthday tradition originating from Germany. There are many variations to the ring, but the idea is that each year up until 12 or 16, either a candle or a decorative piece is added to the ring. Often families will choose the Birthday number (ie. 3 or 4) and place that on the ring as well or on a holder in the centre of the ring.
Some families will choose to place a single candle in the middle each year and use shapes (numbers, letters, animals, people, objects) as a new addition each year as the child grows. Other families will place a new candle on the ring each year and move the animals into the centre. Another option is to place the number in the middle of the ring and the candles and objects/shapes/animals on the ring. With so many options, you have the flexibility to make this tradition your own!
Here is one of the testers we made for our children (please note that currently we do not paint the pieces as the time would be too much for the cost to be affordable).
It is a beautiful, simple tradition and one that could easily be incorporated into your birthday celebrations!
For the holidays, many families will also have an advent spiral. Spirals can be used in a similar fashion to the birthday ring (some families will often use the spiral for both birthdays and advent). Candles can be placed for each new day of advent or objects can be used instead. The possibilities are limitless!
As an example of a full advent spiral, you can see one here: