Most families have special family traditions that they pass down from generation to generation – a special recipe, get-togethers, stories, etc. The idea that my children will pass on to their children some of the simple things we do together warms my heart and makes the time we spend together even more special.
Every year for the past 24 years the women on my mom’s side of the family take a “girls’ trip”. It’s a week of food, bargain shopping, relaxation, and bonding. We have huge meals with 3-4 courses – teaching the younger generation how to set a table and appreciate a fine-dining experience in a family setting. We look forward to my mom’s quiche and homemade biscuits for breakfast each morning. The evenings are filled with laughter, fashion shows, and tons and tons of memories. I’m so excited that I now have a daughter that will be able to join me on this annual trip each year.
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When I go home to visit my parents, I already know that by the time I pull up in the yard my Daddy will have my fried chicken and pork-n-beans waiting on me. Simple sounding meal, but my Daddy puts his foot in it! My sisters and I have had arguments over someone eating the last bit of beans. We even call the others if they are missing out to gloat that we’ve got our special meal. Sure this meal probably originated during the “lean” times when we were growing up, but my Daddy turned it into something that we all love and cherish.
These traditions reflect the tight bond that our families have. During rough times in life, I have no shortage of fun times to reflect on to cheer me up. I know that I am blessed beyond measure when it comes to the love and bond that I have with my family. There are some that don’t understand the importance of spending time with them – often bypassing activities with my girlfriends because there’s no way I could miss a family affair and have them having fun without me.
Do you have any family traditions from your childhood that you enjoy sharing with your children?