There is one tradition that I love the most though. It is simple, but very meaningful. Pete and I like to take the birthday child's name and make an acrostic out of it. Then we write it down and put it at their place at the table on their birthday.
We try to choose adjectives and phrases that describe each monkey. Words like artistic, determined, energetic, and musical. Phrases like "yellow haired youngling" and "never ashamed of the gospel". We have a lot of fun with this. Although with six monkeys, we do develop writer's block sometimes.
So please tell me, what are your birthday traditions?