I just spent a few days in a tiny house in the woods with my kiddos – an inexpensive way to escape from the duties of life (without having to sleep in a tent) and have some fun, while re-evaluating our family life and where we might need to make some changes. One of the topics of conversation was family traditions.
I love traditions but I have let many of them slide these last few years as my plate filled up with more and more responsibilities after becoming a single mom. You don’t know how great it is to “just” be mom until you don’t get to “just” be mom anymore.
But moving forward, I told my kiddos I’m ready to renew some old traditions and implement some new ones because I think they are important. And sometimes we just need someone to come alongside us and give us a little nudge to keep up an old tradition or start something new.
So, with that being said, I’ll share a few of our ideas:
First day of spring: We always make our first jug of iced coffee for the season. It doesn’t matter if the weather cooperates or not because just drinking iced coffee and knowing spring is officially here brings new excitement to life! (We also have a secret family recipe which makes it extra special.)
First day of fall: Isn’t fall the best?! The colors, the smells, the taste of pumpkin spice… It’s a beautiful season and we always decorate for fall and light a new fall scented candle on September 23rd. Consider making a big pot of your favorite soup as well.
Spring Sunday picnics and/or bike rides: Most of us need to get outdoors a bit more and I figure this is a fun way to do that! Whether you pack a lunch or pick up fried chicken, you can’t go wrong taking time to enjoy the outdoors as a family. This is another new one for us!
Santa Lucia is a Swedish Holiday we celebrate on December 13th with Swedish meatballs, potatoes, saffron buns, and pepperkakor cookies. Erin dresses up as Lucia and we usually invite another family to join the celebration and learn about this fabulous holiday.
Day after Thanksgiving: We decorate for Christmas. I also give the little kids their Christmas pj’s this day. This works well since they need new winter jammies anyway. As they get older, they stop growing so they don’t really need new winter pj’s (and the cute pj’s get a lot more expensive) so I started giving them a wintry treat instead (a special pair of socks, a warm throw blanket, a unique hot chocolate mix…) It doesn’t need to be expensive, just warm and comforting.
Taco Tuesday: Who doesn’t want tacos every Tuesday? (Chicken, beef, steak, fish…soft or hard shell…the options are endless.) This one’s new for us as well, so we’ll see how it goes. I’m looking forward to not having to think about what’s for dinner on Tuesdays. 😉
I hope these ideas will encourage you to re-establish a lost tradition, give you a new one, or help spark an original idea of your own. Either way, I encourage you to hold on to those family traditions. It’s not always easy when days are long and our bodies are tired, but the kids appreciate it. And even if that don’t seem to value them now, they just might someday.
As our children grow up and leave home, we may have to make some adjustments but I encourage you to tweak them as necessary and keep up with at least a few family traditions. They will live on in the hearts and minds of your children for years to come and remind them of just how special family is.
Have a beautiful day celebrating and thanking God for the gift of family!
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