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28th-Jun-2007 04:22 pm
I've been listening to Little House in the Big Woods on CD today with my daughter, and it got me to thinking about family traditions. How important are they in your family?

What traditions have you carried on (if any) from your family? Are they only reserved for holidays? Was your childhood lacking in tradition, and now you want to create that for your own family? What are some memories you have from your own childhood?


Don't forget about the book club, if you're interested in being involved in that :)
28th-Jun-2007 11:31 pm (UTC) - holiday tradition
our biggest tradition is christmas eve. every year my mom gives me two presents on christmas eve. one is pajamas and one is a book. when i was little we'd put on new jammies and read my new book before i went to sleep. i plan on doing the same for my son.
28th-Jun-2007 11:40 pm (UTC) - Re: holiday tradition
I have a few friends that have this same tradition, it's something I'm going to start with my family as well.
29th-Jun-2007 12:09 am (UTC) - Re: holiday tradition
i used to get the pajamas but not the books.. i like that idea! even cute to start at an early age where you read to your kiddos! i really like that a lot.
and the pajamas i got were so tacky and ridiculous. one i remember even had a little bonnet hat. i think it was supposed to be kinda like mrs claus type pajamas. bahha!
29th-Jun-2007 12:12 am (UTC) - Re: holiday tradition
my mom and i are really into reading :) i always got the pj sets with a little toy. i loved it!
29th-Jun-2007 12:12 am (UTC) - tradition
i think as far as traditions go there all mostly with holidays and basically everyone gets together at our house, this has been since we had our daughter. so i always make food for everyone and we all just enjoy one anothers company. the only one a bit different is halloween where half of us go with sara trick or treating and the other half stay and hand out treats to the all the neighborhood kids.
i cant really think of any other traditions we have.
29th-Jun-2007 02:54 am (UTC)
My family celebrated holidays with a lot of hoopla. I remember big family affairs and lots of gifts.

I want to continue to celebrate (by decorating, having special food) holidays like St. Patrick's Day or Christmas, but I want to shift the focus away from material gifts. My mother always felt the need to shower us with presents. In my family, I would like to focus on quality, not quantity. My family is also vegetarian and we're obviously not going to be all about lamb for Easter/turkey for Thanksgiving:) We live really far from our extended family (and its not as big as mine is- my mom had 11 siblings), so its unrealistic to expect to celebrate with them every year.

I'm also working on making one day of the week "family night". WE did this in my family (on Sundays) for a few years, but stopped at some point. I'd like to focus on our family being together as my kid(s) grow.

I'm kind of struggling to find traditions to start for my family. Should it be a conscious thing??
29th-Jun-2007 03:08 am (UTC) - Off-beatish traditions!
I've made it a tradition to save a tiny piece of Trid's birthday cake every year and mix it into the next year's cake. This year I cheated and did an ice cream cake, but I'll make her cupcakes and put it in there.

Also, Trid gets flowers every year for her birthday; one flower for every year. It's going to get expensive as she gets older:P

Every year at the Autumnal Equinox, we have a big Thanksgiving dinner with our neighbourhood family. It's always huge and it's always fun.

At Christmas, we do the traditional Ukrainian no-meat dinner on Christmas Eve (not Ukrainian Christmas, but that's my family!) with my Grandma. She gets a mandarin orange in the toe of her stocking:)

That's really it that I can think of right now.
29th-Jun-2007 11:15 pm (UTC) - Re: Off-beatish traditions!
I have to ask: what is in a traditional Ukranian Christmas Eve dinner? I love trying different foods, so I'm curious.
30th-Jun-2007 02:18 am (UTC) - Re: Off-beatish traditions!
Basically all the usual Ukrainian suspects- pyrohy (perogies!)- usually potato and cheese, prune and sauerkraut flavoured, sometimes my grandma does prune; holubtsi (cabbage rolls!); and my favourite perishke (little buns full of sauerkraut, cottage cheese or prunes). There's also some vegetables, mushrooms, salad, and pickled herring (I think that's just a thing my family does, it's not really "meatless" but my g-ma lets this slide, heh).

It's all so so good and so so fattening and so so gas-inducing. But it's worth it!:D

I hope that helped:)
30th-Jun-2007 04:17 pm (UTC) - Re: Off-beatish traditions!
I've had perogies - SO GOOD! That whole meal sounds delicious.
30th-Jun-2007 02:18 am (UTC) - Re: Off-beatish traditions!

sometimes my grandma does PLUM even. Geez.
29th-Jun-2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Travel is a tradition in my family. My mom is German, so we used to fly to Germany to see my grandmother every 3-4 years. As a result, I have an overabundance of Wanderlust.

Though it's expensive, and though flying is a giant pain in the butt these days, I'd really love to travel with Sam and do lots of outdoor stuff along the way. New Zealand, Australia, Spain, and Japan are on our long-term travel list.
29th-Jun-2007 11:14 pm (UTC) - I'm a slacker!
Shoot. Forgot to title my post AGAIN!
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