Family Traditions and Gratitude
Today's TeachThought reflection is about family traditions. My 8 year old daughter, Nina, and I came up with quite a few traditions we have:
- My extended family gets together on the morning of New Year's Eve and go bowling.
- We attend the Dearborn Memorial Day Parade every Memorial Day.
- Birthdays are quite festive in our house. I sewed a Birthday-patterned table runner for the dining room table and it comes out a week or so before our birthdays and a birthday cake candle holder goes on it.
- The order for serving birthday cake slices is as follows: the guest of honor is first and then it goes from oldest to youngest--no one starts eating until everyone has a slice. (I came up with this plan off the top of my head when my children were toddlers--it's withstood the test of time.)
- Every third week in June my sister and I take our children to Camp Dearborn-our kids do the same things there now that we did as kids.
- We also go to Crystal Mountain for a week in the summer--it's a new tradition.
- The first day of school is celebrated with a pencil cake (we seem to have a lot of cake-related traditions!) and a small gift.
- We have an Advent wreath that is lit during the four Saturdays of Advent.
- We eat Hungarian cookies called kifli every holiday season, thanks to my mom (I need to learn how to make them).
I am grateful for these traditions because family history is important to me and I see how important they've become to my 11 year old son and my daughter. It's reaffirming that traditions are passed down to younger generations. As a history teacher I am especially proud to see that my children realize that history is in the big events and small events in life. #reflectiveteacher