Reason for the season

PERKINS TWP. Keeping in step with a family tradition, Patty Pascoe orders a birthday cake each year.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

PERKINS TWP.

Keeping in step with a family tradition, Patty Pascoe orders a birthday cake each year.

But this cake is not for any family member. It's for Jesus, whose birthday is celebrated by millions each year on Christmas Day.

The tradition was rooted by Patty Pascoe's parents, as she and her sister were growing up. Now 64, Pascoe and her husband Tom, share the tradition with their grandchildren.

"You just did things that didn't cost a lot of money," said Pascoe, a retired school teacher.

Coming from a Lutheran family, grace was always said before meals, prayers recited at night and Jesus' birthday celebrated with cake, Pascoe said.

For the last 10 years Pascoe has ordered the cake from A.J.'s Cakes on Wilbert Street. Owner Anna Dunn said she was a little surprised by the order when Pascoe first asked years ago.

"This is probably quite unique," said Dunn, a cake maker of more than 35 years. "Nine times out of 10 when I have other cakes, it's novelty."

Each year the cake takes on a slightly different form, but one part remains the same -- a representation of baby Jesus.

"From that point on every year I do it a little bit different," Dunn said. "Every year she seems to be a little bit more pleased."

Each year the Pascoe family eats the cake after a Christmas meal. But not before singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.

"It doesn't last very long because everyone looks forward to it," Pascoe said.

Now the Pascoes' grandchildren, Ashley, 12, Heather, 10 and Zachary, 8, share in the Christmas tradition.

"Our children grew up with this, and now my grandchildren delight in this," she said.