Add a little magic and extra excitement with this fun birthday tradition for ALL ages.
THE BIRTHDAY SHOE
Birthdays are a great way to celebrate the most important people in your life. Everyone deserves to feel extra special through fun birthday traditions! In addition to making a special birthday cake or making a birthday door, this birthday shoe tradition is at the top of my kid's favorite traditions.
If you're looking for a simple way to add a little magic to birthdays at your house, you'll love this fun birthday tradition.
This birthday tradition has been handed down for 3 generations! If you are looking for a fun birthday activity
You have heard of the tooth fairy, I’m sure. You know, the little fairy that leaves you money under your pillow for your tooth? In our family, it wasn’t the tooth fairy that we looked forward to.
It was the birthday fairy.
HISTORY OF THE BIRTHDAY SHOE
Where did this birthday activity even come from?
The birthday shoe has been a tradition in our family for 3 generations now, starting with my grandmother Helen.
On the eve of my mother and her siblings birthdays, they would put out their favorite shoe.
In the morning of their birthday, they would wake up to find quarters from the birthday fairy in their shoes.
There was a quarter for every year old they were, plus one extra for good luck.
The fun thing about this money was that they could spend it however they wanted, which was a rare treat for them.
HOW TO START THIS BIRTHDAY TRADITION
- On the eve of a birthday, the birthday person picks their favorite shoe to leave out by their bed.
- The birthday fairy comes in the night and fills their birthday shoe with quarters.
- The birthday person gets to spend this money on whatever they want!
Birthday Shoe Formula
1 quarter for the age they are turning + 1 extra
So if someone is turning 10, they get 11 quarters in their birthday shoe.
The best part about this birthday shoe tradition is that it PAYS to get older.
In fact, my husband and I still leave our birthday shoes out.
So what are you waiting for? Start this birthday tradition as a new family tradition this year and feel the excitement.