As Anton Ego put it in the movie Ratatouille, "... you know what I'm craving? A little perspective. That's it. I'd like some fresh, clear, well seasoned perspective. Can you suggest a good wine to go with that?"
do not have to make our world even more hectic! It's not about doing
more... it's about doing less! It's about doing what matters!
Throughout the years I have come to have a
deep respect for the role family rituals and traditions have on the
healthy state of our family.
For many years I worked as a Family
Consultant with Once Upon A Family and picked up a few ideas. Although
traditions in our home have had seasons of success and seasons of rest
or have had to be modified and/or changed to fit our family's needs,
they still exist!
Each issue of 4 Traditions features ideas I have gathered and/or created that you can use or modify to fit your family's needs.
M u r a l
Decorating for the
Holidays is half the fun. This year, invite the neighborhood children
over to create a 4th of July sidewalk mural. This is a great way to
bring out the artist in all your neighbors. On the day of the big
event, supply colored chalk and set them loose on the driveway or
sidewalk in front of your house. Have them work as a team to create a
giant flag or colorful fireworks. The older kids can sketch the
outlines, while the younger ones fill in with color. Don't forget to
take photos of these masterpieces (with the artist standing in front)
and include the picture in an annual Fourth of July photo album.
I Love My Country Because...
Before you celebrate the
4th of July, sit down with your children and discuss the importance of
our freedom, and the truly amazing Country we live in. Ask them to
share why they believe our freedom is so important, and let them know
your feelings as well. Create a lasting family tradition, and save
their wonderful comments by writing them down on stars cut out of red,
white, and blue construction paper. The older ones can write on their
own stars and even help cut them out. On the top of each star write I
LOVE MY COUNTRY BECAUSE...and then leave space for wonderfully
spontaneous answers you will collect over the years. You can use these
patriotic declarations to decorate the tablecloth at your 4th of July
your local fire department, police department, or any other public
service based organization. Bring them cookies, lunch, or a red, white,
and blue Fourth of July cake to let them know that you appreciate their
hard work. Talk to your children about the service that these men and
women provide and how blessed we are to live in a courntry where it is
available. Don't forget to mention that they have to work on holidays
when the rest of us are having fun. Your children will learn a valuable
lesson and will enjoy visiting a different public service organization,
each year. A photo of your children standing with the policemen, or
sitting in the Fire Truck will help keep this wonderful memory alive.
Only Red, White & Blue
a neighborhood tradition and organize a potluck that no one will want
to miss. Invite all of your family and friends to this casual party and
give them each a food assignment. Include all the necessary foods for a
successful celebration, and don't forget to mention that everything
must be RED, WHITE, AND/OR BLUE. Foods of any other color will not be
permitted, so your guests will have to get creative. Year after year,
people will invent more outrageous recipes. Just seeing what clever
dishes everyone comes up with is more fun than actually eating them.
Add to the festivities by having a contest for the most original dish,
and be sure to take a photo of the patriotic champion with his/her
prize-winning recipe in hand.