Birthdays are always special. What could be more momentous than the day we were born into this world?
For me, celebrating the born days of the people I love is important. Aside from the fact that I fancy birthday parties, I like seeing my loved ones happy on their birthdays, surrounded by the people who mean so much in their lives.
And since it’s my husband’s birthday today, I want to send him a letter of love on his special day. A simple note that conveys the deepest feelings I have for him, I believe, should lift his heart from any worries, stresses, and pressures brought about by the daily walk of life.
But before I write a “Happy Birthday” letter of love to my husband, let us first revisit the origin of birthday parties or celebrations. Why do we have birthday parties? How did the tradition of blowing birthday candles begin?
Do these sound interesting to you? Read on!
Who do we have birthday parties?
The earliest form of a birthday celebration in history was mentioned in the Bible, where a feast was held for a pagan king. See scripture below.
“On the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he made a feast for all his servants and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants. He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.” (Genesis 40:20-22)
Because of this mention, Egyptians started believing that the gathering was actually held in celebration of a Pharaoh’s coronation, the day of his rebirth as “God.” And that’s how they started the tradition of throwing a feast or a party, which was only held for the kings or Pharaohs.
Why do we blow out birthday candles?
Before there were candles, there were cakes—and birthday cakes are said to originate from a Roman practice. Early Roman civilizations are believed to have observed birthdays, and they were the first to gift a special cake made of wheat flour, olive oil, grated cheese, and honey to celebrants on their 50th year.
At that time, the cakes still had no candles on them.
But around the 1700s, the Germans began the tradition of Kinderfesten, a party held for “kinders” or children. They put candles on top of birthday cakes to represent the year added on to the kid’s life. And the custom continued by adding more candles every year the child celebrated his/her birthday.
But why do we blow out candles on birthdays?
Ancient cultures believed that blowing out a candle allows for prayers to reach the heavens. As they blow the light, the smoke should carry their wishes up and above, where they will hopefully come true.
Happy Birthday to My Husband: Letter of Love
Now that we know how the birthday tradition started, let’s continue celebrating this special day, shall we?
As I mentioned above, today is my husband’s birthday and because I believe he has everything he needs, I think a letter of my love is the best gift I can give him. So here, let me share a love letter I wrote for my husband. I hope you like it.
First, I would like to say I love you and I hope you know that. You are my strength, my shield, and my safe haven. There’s nobody in this world that could ever replace you.
Thank you for the fruitful years you’ve shared with me. You gave me such a beautiful life. You surround me with love and attention that no one had given me before.
Thank you for putting up with my weaknesses. I know I can be difficult at times, but there you are, always cheering me up and doing the best you can to understand and help me. Why are you so sweet?
I want you to know that you mean the world to me. I know you always say I am your sunshine, but please know that you are my light. You make me smile. You brighten my days. With you, I see no darkness.
My husband, you taught me the true meaning of love. I never imagined that this is what love could look like. And I owe everything to you. You showed me what love is. You let me discover this very special feeling of loving and being loved. How can I thank you enough?
Let me also thank you for being you. Always remember, you are all I need. You are you and I appreciate you.
You know, I can fill all the pages of a book with the reasons why I love you and why you’re special. But it would just take a lot of my time, which I’d rather spend with you.
My love, my problems and worries vanish when I am with you. And if life’s testing my patience and strength, I know exactly what to do. I find you. Because I know that with you, I am stronger and braver. Nothing can put me down with you by my side.
I know the past years we’ve been together weren’t all pretty. Life hasn’t been the easiest in the time we’ve married, but those challenging years made me the happiest. I am a happy wife and it is because you made this possible with me, my husband. I was challenged, heartbroken and confused. I was shocked at the changes happening in our life as a married couple. But you, you were full of courage and determination. You were eager to do this with me. You were so sure that we could work it out. And for that, I am very grateful.
Dear, I know I’ve already told you everything about my feelings for you. But here I am, writing all these to let you know, again and again, how much you mean to me. Can you blame me? You spoil me with love, so let me do just the same.
Do you remember when you first asked me out for dinner? Who would’ve thought that it would mark the first of our many dates? It feels as if it wasn’t long ago when we had long conversations about our dreams together—how many kids we wanted to have and where we wanted to build our home. We had big plans, and I am beaming at what we have achieved so far. And without you, I wouldn’t be here enjoying a life with the most wonderful blessings. Thank you.
Sweetie, no words can explain how grateful I am that you walked into my life. Your love, your courage, your sweetness, your everything, I never knew I needed them in my life. With you, I become more. More patient, more loving, more understanding. Because you taught me almost everything I need to learn in our marriage course. I wouldn’t mind if you get an “A+” (if there is even a report card for marriage) because I know you deserve it.
Can I tell you a secret? When we first traveled together, that was when I knew that you were the one for me. You are the man beyond my dreams.
Our marriage has grown and evolved in a way I exactly imagined. It’s not perfect. I can even say it’s flawed. But I am mature enough to know I can’t have it all. I imagined heartbreaks because we are two different people. I know that sometimes, you’ll disappoint me. I know there will be arguments. And I was right. We walked in this path of marriage with all those flaws, but we made it through. Until today, I must say, there is still some stuff we have to sort out, but that’s okay. As long as you and I are together, I know everything’s gonna be okay.
Can you believe that we have spent almost a decade together? Who would’ve thought we’d reach this far? And you know, the more time I spend with you, the more I discover myself falling deeply in love with you.
Did you know? As a young girl, I dreamed of Kings and Queens and in my dreams, I hoped to be the Queen one day. When I grew up, I knew that was so impossible. But hey, I was wrong. You made me feel like a real Queen! How you did that, I don’t know. Maybe it’s your unconditional love. Your thoughtfulness. Your kind heart.
My husband, it’s your birthday today, and all I want you to see is how much I love you. I always hope and pray for your happiness. Please know that I love being by your side. I love this journey with you. I love our life together. There’s nothing I want to change. That’s how I appreciate my life with you, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Happy birthday, my love. I will always be here to love you, support you, and guide you when you need me to. I have no plans of leaving your side, don’t worry. It’s you and me forever, and that’s how I see our future. I love you so much and I hope you enjoy your special day!
Your beautiful wife
Birthdays only happen once in a year. Which is why it wouldn’t hurt if we prepare a something special for our beloved on their born days. Do you agree?
What about you? How do you spend birthdays? What gifts do you usually give your husbands? Share them with us in the comments below!