OK... after months of searching, I think I finally found something that has not been debated before on BB... The history of Birthday cakes and blowing out the candles.... Birthday candles originally were placed on cakes to bring birthday wishes up to God. In ancient times, people prayed over the flames of an open fire. They believed that the smoke carried their thoughts up to the gods. Today, we believe, that if you blow out all your candles in one breath, your wish will come true. http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Cakes/BirthdayCake.htm and the same information I also found here... http://www.itsurbirthday.com/birthday_history.htm How I even found this was a reading I was doing today about the goddess Asherah the Israelites were worshipping under certain kings like Mannaseh.. Anyway... As I understand it Asherah was considered the fertility goddess, and the queen of Heaven... and some thought of her as Yahweh's wife... And according to some of my reading today, she was who Jeremiah was referring to here: Jer 7:18 (18) The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger. This of course got my attention when it was speaking about making cakes to the Queen of Heaven (a fertility goddess) so I started looking for the history of the Birthday cake, and it seems to have started in Germany... not Israel.. but then I noticed the part about blowing out the candles... So here is my question... Is it logical to expect people that will not participate in things that originally had pagan connections.. like halloween, Christmas trees, Easter bunnies, etc...to have a similar reaction to birthday candles.. now knowing that they symbolize prayers to pagan gods?