Traditions are the BEST. You've figured out by now how much I love routines. I love knowing when things are going to happen or when I should do them. And traditions are routines, they're just happy little routines all dressed up!
Traditions have a way of brightening up your day/week/month.
For our family, traditions typically fall under two umbrellas: casual traditions and holiday traditions.
These are those traditions that happen separately from a major holiday. Some things may fall more under routine in this category, but since it's something that usually brings joy, I think of them as traditions.
Choosing traditions doesn't have to be a big elaborate thing. Two traditions stand out in my childhood, right off the bat. One is pizza and movie night on Friday nights. I promise you, it's exactly as it sounds. We'd order pizza, eat in the living room, and alway watch a movie. It was something special because every other night, dinner was eaten in the kitchen or dining room. We had a special treat to look forward to after a long week.
The other childhood tradition is something so small, I don't know if it was done intentionally or if it's remembered by anyone other than me. Every Sunday morning, right before we pulled out of the garage to leave for church, my sister and I would each get a wintergreen Tic Tac. Every. Single. Sunday. Just one. I would take my itty bitty Tic Tac, hold it in my mouth, and savor it as long as I could, competing with my previous records to see how long I could make it last before it dissolved completely on my tongue. Usually by the time we passed the cemetery, it was gone. It was such a tiny thing, but every time I see wintergreen Tic Tacs in the store, I think about those Sunday mornings of my childhood.
As our daughter grows older and more aware, there are traditions that we are beginning to implement for our family, both big and small. Some of these include:
I place a high value on literacy in our home. We have themed books for all holidays/seasons that I rotate through Addy's bookshelves. To me, this is much more important than holiday decor or seasonal food, because it is a contribution to her love of reading.
You might notice not all of the holidays are represented. We've never tried to force a tradition just for the sake of having a tradition. Austen and I have celebrate the 4th of July differently for the past 7 years. We've gone kayaking, watched Star Wars, spent the day in Bardstown with friends.. We've yet to hold onto a specific tradition, and that's okay with us!