Post # 1
There have been a few crazy things happening in my family lately that have got me thinking about family traditions.
I think they are so important and if ever I have kids would love to continue them on.
So i’m asking- did your family have any traditions- that you love or dislike? They can be anything – big or small. It seems most people have holiday related traditions whether it be matching sweaters etc but did your family have regular little things. Was their taco tuesday? Did you have a regular games night? Did you go to the cinema or see a sport teams every so often? Did you have a special birthday tradition- the same cake every year?
I’d love to hear all about the traditions you have or wish you had/ will establish within your own family.
Post # 3
Here is one…
When the kids were growing up, we had Family Night on Fridays.
We’d either order in a Pizza and rent a movie, or go out to eat… again Pizza was a fave (kids like pizza, and it isn’t a crazy expensive meal, and served up with Salad, and without tons of meat on the pie, it can be fairly healthy too)
Hope this helps,
Post # 4
We were JUST talking about traditions this weekend! We have a new baby, so we’ve been thinking about what sorts of traditions we’d like to have with her.
One thing that we do every year, and plan to continue, is go driving around to look at Christmas lights. There’s a place downtown that’s sort of a winter wonderland, so we go there, buy a cup of hot chocolate, and walk around looking at the displays. We drive through old neighborhoods on the way home to look at more lights. We usually go see the Nutcracker as well, but now that there’s a munchkin we will probably skip that or make that our date night and look at lights as a family.
For Father’s Day we walked through a local park and went to the pool- our first “Family Fun Father’s Day” we called it. I would like that to be a tradition we keep as well.
Post # 5
Mimosa’s (bucks fizz) and smoked salmon for breakfast on Christmas morning. Also we open one present on Christmas Eve!
Post # 6
This is an odd “tradition,” but every year when I was growing up my dad would take us trick-or-treating and then we would come home, sit in front of the TV, dump all of our candy out on the floor, and watch “Hocus Pocus” while he lets us eat as much as we wanted.
My dad died last July, so, on Halloween, DH and bought a giant bag of candy, dumped it out on our bed, and watched “Hocus Pocus.” I know my dad was there.
With my mom, we always do Easter brunch, which I would love to keep up.
Post # 7
We had some holiday traditions, but not many non-holiday ones…
For our birthdays, we got to choose what meal we wanted for dinner and my dad would make our bed for us.
We also used to spend Sundays after church as a family – either head down to the river or state park or ride the bike trail in a nearby town. I’d like to do similar family activities once DH and I have kids.
One holiday one that has faded away, but I miss is that the extended family (originally the parents, but eventually the cousins as we grew up) would play poker with pennies when we were all together over the holidays. Once my great-grandmother died, it tapered off, but it’s a great memory.
Post # 8
I will definitely have more traditions with my kids than my parents had with me. I LOVE them. I will likely drive SO nuts with them when we have a family one day.
But my favorite growing up: every year in the spring, my dad would let me skip a day of school and we would go somewhere like a baseball game, the zoo, hiking, the lake, etc. It was always a blast and I have very special memories from those trips.
Post # 9
Christmas Eve we go up to the bar, which is super small, and the gal that runs it has light food and free drinks. Then we come back, open gifts, and Christmas Day we eat PIZZA!! We quit having traditonal dinner quite a few years ago becuase my dad was still eating leftovers from Thanksgiving and got sick of the same old stuff.
The non-holiday tradition I love is every Sunday during the summer we go over to my parents, eat popcorn, and play bocce ball. This year we even started a tournament–my mom and I against my dad and DH.
Post # 10
Taco Christmas! Everything you could put in a taco, all spread out on the big dining room table, plus chips and dips, eaten on the Christmas china. Every year at my mom’s for the last 10.
Also, on Christmas morning, you can’t go downstairs until everyone’s awake (this one faded more as we’ve become adults, but it was sacred in childhood).
Growing up, Fridays in the school year were always homemade pizza and TGIF or a movie.
Saturdays’ loathed tradition was “chore day.” My mom would make us do chores for 4-5 hours every Saturday morning. The more she tried to make it fun, the more we dreaded it.
Our little family of two doesn’t have any “traditions” yet. We’ll see.