With so many holidays and special occasions happening this summer, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about family traditions. I’ve also read several articles lately about how important it is for children to have traditions they can look forward to. Personally, I love having traditions.
When my husband and I got married, I was really excited to come up with new traditions for us as a family. Ben and I talked about what our favorite childhood traditions had been, kept the best ones, discarded the not-so-favorite ones, and created some brand new traditions. Three years later, our son was born, and with him came even more fun things to look forward to as a family.
These are 3 of my favorite traditions our family has established and look forward to every year, in no particular order.
Ben and I really enjoy Japanese food: a lot. We love teppanyaki, shabu shabu, tempura, and especially sushi. For the first several years after we got married, we unintentionally ate Japanese food on New Years Eve. Once we realized that we had been doing it consistently, we decided to make it an intentional thing and eat Japanese food every New Years Eve. It is one of those traditions that doesn’t have a deep meaning behind it, but one that I enjoy nevertheless.
When I was pregnant with our son, one of my favorite things to look forward to was getting to “see” him via ultrasounds. The very last ultrasound I had with him produced an image of his profile. Once Nathan was born, I was pleased to see that his profile still resembled that of the ultrasound. One year to the day of getting that ultrasound, I grabbed my nice camera and took a photo of Nathan’s profile, and have continued to do so each year on May 31st. It is fun to keep a record of his growth by taking the same style of photo each year.
We started taking Nathan to Disneyland shortly before he was 2 months old. It is a place that he gets excited about and truly enjoys. As he approached his first birthday I knew that I wanted to do something special to celebrate on the actual day and start a tradition. Disneyland was the obvious choice. Each year on his birthday we take Nathan to Disneyland to celebrate. We always get him a birthday button, go on it’s a small world (He is especially obsessed with small world. It was his birthday party theme last year, and we often listen to the soundtrack in the car); and, have an artist capture his silhouette at the Silhouette Studio on Main Street, before ending the night with ice cream. It is a celebration that our little family looks forward to all year long, as we look at his silhouettes displayed in our home.
There are of course many other traditions that our family has, but those are some of my favorites. I’m sure we will develop more traditions over the years, and perhaps refine others. Tell me, what traditions does your family have? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!