Saturday, March 12, 2011


I just got off the phone with my dad.  He is in the process of doing his tax returns (my mom has FINALLY convinced him that grudgingly waiting in line at the post office at 11:00 p.m. on April 14th is not all that its cracked up to be).  It reminded me of a tradition (see below) that I miss being a part of.  So, as a sort-of written reminder to myself (and perhaps a few ideas for you), I’d like to make a list of traditions I want to start/continue with my family and kids.

January 1—go out to a big lunch to celebrate the New Year

February—take a short winter vacation at the beach

February-April—blast patriotic music as I do my taxes (Listening to “God Bless the USA” makes the process of paying Uncle Sam much more bearable)

March 17—dinner with corned beef, cabbage and mashed potato dinner (with a side of Guinness)

March/April--field trip to DC to see the amazing Cherry Blossoms

Easter—dye Easter eggs to see who can make the ugliest egg.

June 21—celebrate the first day of summer by going night swimming.

Summer vacation—at least once during a week-long vacation, let the kids eat dessert before their dinner.

Mid-October—pumpkin carving contest.

November 11--take a moment (or a day) to thank U.S. veterans

Week before Thanksgiving—fill a “thankfulness” jar to remember how blessed I am

Thursday/Friday of Thanksgiving—midnight shopping with my mom, sisters and daughters

December 24—pre-/post- Christmas Eve mass buffet filled with delicious appetizers

December 31—pack away Christmas decorations with a message about what I think the upcoming year will bring

Please post a comment with your favorite tradition!

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  1. March 14--Eat a piece of pie for Pi Day (3.14)!
    Summer vacation--Do a car bomb with siblings :)

  2. I grew up with some very similar traditions- guess that’s why we’re best friend!
    -We always get PJs to open on Christmas Eve and up until my dad passed away he read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Christmas Eve as well.
    -When home on New Years Eve we would always bang pots and pans on the front porch at midnight (Welcome to the Neighborhood!)
    There were lots of others that have sort of faded or transitioned some since my dad died, but they definitely make the best memories :)
    PS- I haven’t done my taxes yet but I’m going to start using patriotic music!

  3. I love these! It's funny how some of our traditions have evolved through the years as we have married and had children. But, new ones have formed as well. Here are a few I'd include:

    4th of July--go to the town's firework display. then, you must run around like a little kid with sparklers at home.

    Picking your birthday dinner followed by a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.

    Having a family bracket challenge during March Madness.

    Sunday morning breakfasts.

    Love it!

  4. 1. saying the Our Father every night to Stephen before I put him in his is hanging on his wall in his was made by one of the Dominican Sisters
    2. Chosing one present to open on Christmas Eve/new Christmas pj's every year
    3. Dying the milk green the night before St. Paddy's Day so the kids think a leprachuan was in the house
    4. Easter brunch after mass
    5. When my sister and neice were little every Christmas Eve I read them Twas the Night Before Christmas