Before we were married, I remember being so excited to brainstorm new “family traditions” with Darrin. Traditions we could start as a family of two and maybe even pass down to our kids and their families. We both come from families that have a strong history of “big traditions” that they enjoy keeping alive. Around Christmas time, my family heads downtown Minneapolis to take pictures with Santa Claus and share a dinner at The Oak Grille. Darrin’s family celebrates half-birthdays and takes summer vacations to beautiful spots around Minnesota. Family traditions are so important. There’s this “our family does this!” kind of solidarity and pride that is healthy and necessary when you’re building relationships and memories. I’m a “traditions” kind of girl. Just throw me into that chorus in Fiddler On The Roof and I’d find my place in that opening number.
But as much as I’ve tried to plan my “big family traditions” with Darebear, most of our new traditions are quiet, little, and sprout from our routines. One of our favorite “little traditions” has been our Saturday morning routine. Saturdays turned into “big breakfast” mornings for Darebear and I because we have more time to spend together: Darrin makes two massive plates of omelettes and hashbrowns while I cook the bacon, make the coffee, and slice the fruit. We’ll either be listening to the MN Gopher football pre-game on the radio, or Darrin will be dancing to whatever is playing on his iPod while wearing my Anthropologie apron. It’s a routine of ours that’s transformed into a tradition that I look forward to throughout the week. Some of the best traditions are the ones you don’t plan. They’re not forced. Not mechanical. Just simple routines that transform into something you treasure and anticipate with excitement. That’s what “tradition” is all about, right Charlie Brown?
Now who’s coming over for breakfast on Saturday?! 😉
Do you have any “small traditions” that you share with your family? I’d love to hear ’em! Darrin and I could always use another fun tradition or two! 🙂 Oh and P.S. track pants are my new summer thing. Remember these? Shop a few pairs below!
Have a great Thursday!