I have been reading a book on Hospitality lately and it is awesome. The book obviously talks about opening up our home to others and having a hospitable spirit, but it also focuses on being hospitable to our own family. I didn’t see that one coming, in my mind hospitality was always extended to others and the family did it together, and that is still true. The book is also suggesting that we, as parents/moms, should be extending hospitality to our own immediate family members. Suggestions include being kind and courteous, brushing your hair and looking decent for your husband when he comes home, preparing special meals. The one suggestion that got me thinking was implementing special family traditions. According to the author a TRADITION PROVIDES A SENSE OF STABILITY OR PERMANENCE IN OUR HOME.
The author points out that TRADITIONS ARE THE FAMILIES GOD ORDAINED VEHICLE TO PASS ON A POSITIVE HERITAGE. IT DOESN’T COST A LOT OF MONEY TO PASS ON VALUABLE TRADITIONS. BUT IT WILL COST TIME, THINKING, & COURAGE TO MOVE FROM IDEAS TO ACTION.
It made me start thinking about the traditions we have in our little family of 6.
Apparently there are three CATEGORIES that traditions can fall under… And you know how I like lists.
** Breakfast Cinnamon rolls in the number of your age.
** Jewish Feasts. Last year we starting hosting the Jewish Feasts in our home. They happen throughout the year and have become a time for us to pause and remember all the spectacular ways God loves us and sacrificed for our mistakes.
** Valentines Day. I make a special “love” breakfast for the whole family.
** Our Wedding Anniversary. With the exception of this year (since I had a baby 10 days before)… Ronnie and I have a special meal and a couples massage. #yesplease
** Friday Family Night @ the beach
** Sunday Night Dinner with Ronnie’s parents and brother & wife
** Saturday morning pancakes
** Puzzle lunch. I wish I had a picture to share. I try every week to have one puzzle lunch with the kids. We completely clear off the table. I put together a muffin tin lunch (think blueberries, lunch meat, pretzels, cut up sandwiches, etc) in the middle of the table and we spread out puzzles. Wooden puzzles for Freddie, larger 24-36 for Pennie, and 100 piece for Zoie. We all work together and I try to ask them silly questions that they normally wouldn’t take the time to answer, but since their hands are busy they normally just chit chat. Questions like “What do you like most about your sister?” “What is one thing you would change about our house?” etc. It is always fun!
** Sabbath. We don’t do any TV or extra activities on Sunday. We spend the morning at church then the rest of the afternoon reading, playing, listening to sermons, napping #amen before we go to family night dinner at my in-laws house. It’s one of the best things we have done as a family. It is truly a day of rest, even for mom!!
There have been a few ideas that I have been tossing around in my head but I haven’t come up with a great plan.
* pizza & game night
*Reading together (i want to get in a good habit of reading chapter books with my kiddos, its pretty hit or miss right now)
We would love to hear your traditions and any good ideas for us to add to our family!
Blessings from my family to yours.