Okay, the internet did it again. I was looking for “funny pictures traditions” and got this one. It’s right on so many levels. ~giggle~
Do you have traditions? I didn’t really, not like I read about in books. I love the Dickensian idea of a perfect Victorian Christmas, but that was not my house. Not by a long shot. Then when I read Simple Abundance, by Sarah ban Breathnach, it hit me: why not create my own? And, by the way, if you haven’t picked up a copy of Simple Abundance, I highly recommend it. It was given to me as a gift in 1995 and I have been using it ever since. It’s a daybook and yes, I read it pretty much every day. Trust me. Give it a look. You’ll thank me.
In an effort to share the abundance, I thought I’d share what traditions I’ve invented or made my own or our family’s own:
- Soup making at Samhain, or Halloween. Hold a party and make a big pot of stone soup. Ask each guest to bring ingredients to make enough soup for four to six servings. (You’ll need multiple soup pots for this, so you might ask guests to bring one with them if you don’t have enough.) Have a pot luck for dinner and spend the afternoon making soup and talking. At the end, everyone takes home a serving of each others’ soups in freezer bags for use when it gets really cold outside and one doesn’t feel like cooking. (If you’ve never heard of stone soup, look it up on Google; it’s both a folktale and a soup; there are many recipes, here’s one to get you started.)
- Order Chinese food for delivery on Christmas Day. Watch an action movie marathon. This past Christmas, we watched Die Hard.
- Make candles the first weekend in February for Candlemas.
- Make pysanky (Ukrainian decorated eggs) for Ostara/Easter/Spring.
- Have a barbecue for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Read or talk about what made those holidays important – for example, read the Declaration of Independence on Independence Day, or have a discussion about family/friends who have served for Memorial Day. (These are American holidays, but one could pick country-appropriate holidays to celebrate and study why/how they came to be commemorated.)
- Every year, we purchase a membership to a local museum, botanic garden, or the zoo. This accomplishes two things: it supports the local arts/culture community, and it gives us something inexpensive to do on weekends when the dreaded question comes up: “What do you want to do this weekend?” Since we’ve already paid for it, it becomes a matter of using what we purchased, so it encourages us to make plans and go.
- Thanksgiving has become our time to visit our family in Pennsylvania. We drive, usually, because it’s less expensive than buying airplane tickets. We’ve agreed, as a family, that we’ll all do our best to make at least this trip annually so we stay in touch.
What about you, Dear Reader? What are some of your favorite party traditions?
– E.E. Cummings
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