Today’s your day to share some of your favorite holiday or everyday family traditions. Experts tell us that part of what makes you feel like a family are some of the unique things you do together. In this day where we are so rushed and traditional family time is rare, I would love to hear what you do to make an ordinary day a little extraordinary. What brings back warm memories in your childhood? Was there something your family did to celebrate a holiday or something you do to make any day a little special? Tell me two or three (or more) things unique you did or something you started in your family as a parent, or maybe something you plan to do soon.
One unique thing we still do on vacation is a game like “hot potato” where we pass around secretly a sugar packet to the next person. This all started when Grandma thought one of those long, skinny sugar packets was so cute, she handed it off to my son. He didn’t want to be rude so he just sat there holding it. When he got tired of holding it, he secretly slipped it into the pocket of his sister’s coat. And thus, the sugar packet game was born. Since no one wanted it, they quickly passed it off to the next person without their knowledge. It ended up traveling around the world and back! To this day, if we don’t have the original, we start a new game, and so it goes.
Another thing we always did was take a picture of the kids holding their school supplies by our front door on the first day of school. No kidding, my kids were in college before we quit this tradition. That particular day, my son said, “Come on, Mom. I’m in college. Do I have to do this?” They often mumbled about it, but I think something secretly inside made them kind of like all those pictures side by side of their launching a new school year. And speaking of school, we always celebrated report card day. Never one to give money for grades, we just celebrated—sometimes a job well done and sometimes a clean slate to start fresh. Either way, it was a milestone to commemorate.
What got this whole meme started was Angie (By Faith. . .) said she liked our tradition of sundaes on Sunday and wanted me to share some other family traditions. I couldn’t think of very many and I knew you would have some that would be fun to read. Will you please share them with us? Put your post up on your blog. Everyone is welcome to participate, and please tag your sisters to share their ideas. Sign up below on Mr. Linkie. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your story in comments. Then go to visit others who are sharing their own family traditions. It will be interesting to see what types of things are important to make lasting impressions and each day a little special. I can’t wait to hear your family’s traditions!