Post # 1
Both DH and I grew up in very religious homes, so our weekly tradition was going to church as a family. After we went to college, both of us became less religious and no longer attend church. Our families comment that we are missing out on having a weekly tradition that we do as a family with our son. We do stuff with him on the weekends, but it varies according to weather and season, so it’s not the same as having a set tradition that we do exactly the same every week. Does anyone have a nonreligious tradition they do weekly as a family or you did with your family growing up? If so, what is it?
Post # 2
Bichon Frise: We didn’t have a “tradition” in the “every Saturday at 6:00 we will….” sense, but growing up, my family played a ton of games. A minimum of once a week, we’d grab cards or a board game and sit down to play as a family. (and honestly, we still do play a lot of cards when we gather as adults!) My parents tried to gear a lot of the games towards education/critical thinking/strategy, (like Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Scattegories, etc.), but I think just about any games would do the trick. It’s a nice way to spend time as a family without being glued to the TV.
Post # 3
Playing games at my grandpa’s house
The Memorial Day parade
Red cake for birthdays
Post # 4
We would make pancakes or waffles from scratch on Saturday, although that only lasted a few years and depending on what else was going on we didn’t always do it.
If you’re looking for something to do, there are groups that are similar to churches, but non-religious, I can’t think of what they are called. They hold discussions on various topics, have social events, and do outreach activities.
I don’t think there’s any need for a weekly tradition as a family. Other things you could do if you want to though – go out for some kind of treat/lunch etc, many people who go to church tend to do this too. Go for a walk as a family.
Post # 5
When DH and I have a weekend morning to ourselves, we will wake up and just lay in bed with each other and our dogs. No TV, no phones. We cuddle, catch up with each other, baby talk to the dogs, anything we want. Our family commitments and work take up a lot of our time, so these moments are for us and no one else.
Post # 6
Bichon Frise: On weekends my husband and I always cook a big, hot breakfast first thing in the morning and eat together while planning our day. Sunday nights we always eat dinner with my family (parents, sister and her bf – husband’s family lives far away). The women in my family always get flowers on their birthday. And in general birthdays are always a really big deal and the birthday boy or girl gets their favorite meal on regular birthdays, and a big party on milestone birthdays! We just had a huge dinner party for my dad’s 65th. 🙂
Post # 7
Bichon Frise: We don’t have kids, but one of our little traditions is to make lumberjack breakfasts on the weekends. I go all out, I make waffles or pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, sometimes a fritatta, or breakfast tacos.
It’s just for the two of us, it’s a great way to start our weekend together. We didn’t really set out trying to make it a tradition, we just sort of kept doing it!
We also have a little dinner party tradition, we throw two pretty elaborate dinner parties a year (like several courses, mixed drinks in pitchers, fancy dress), etc.
Post # 8
We used to have lunch together evey Sunday at my grandma’s. Also my SO and I love to play board games with my uncle and his wife.
Post # 9
when I was younger we’d go to my grandparents house after school every Friday. Without fail. I loved it.
as for me and DH – Friday night is Taco Bell night! Sometimes it’s the only thing that gets me thru the week
Post # 10
Bichon Frise: i remember growing up that now and again dad would come home with a box of assorted donuts. not really teaching good eating habits but i remember that being so awesome! and when you get older or at least when i did, you dont eat donuts anymore. when i was a waitress in the summer my dad would come out once a week to eat while i was working. 😉
my DHs family: for graduation used to make a quilt for the graduate. he or she would pick out two colors or clothes. then she would have some material out to people and they would add what ever they wanted to the fabric and make a square. she would collect it and create a quilt made by friends and family.