After we returned home, the birthday party began. They had actually bought a cake for the party the day before, so we ended up with two cakes. That was OK, though, because each kid had a cake. Usually they use one cake and just let all the kids with birthdays take a turn blowing out their candles. Each child gets to blow out his or her candles, and we sing Happy Birthday in Chinese and English to each child individually. So, Savannah got to blow out her 6 candles first, and then Joseph… well, umm… he actually tried to reach for his candle, having never encountered such a bright and flickery thing before, but thankfully his nanny had quick reactions and grabbed his little fist first. 🙂 He was so cute… at first he didn’t know what to do with the cake, but his nanny put a bit of frosting in his mouth, and then he started grabbing his cake by the fistfulls! Oh, and one little kid… I didn’t see which one… was so excited that it was the monthly birthday party, that as soon as we sat down around the table, he reached up with his little snack plate and scooped up some frosting for himself.
For the curious, Chinese birthday cakes are really good… not as sweet as in the USA. They are like pound cakes with a whipped cream frosting… mildly sweet, but not overwhelming.
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