Family Traditions - The Glue

Friday, September 20, 2013

I'm sorry, but every time I think the words,"family tradition," I immediately hear the Hank Williams, Jr. song, Family Tradition. That song does not at ALL convey what I have in mind here, but it does make me shake my head and laugh.

Anyway.

What I have in mind are the little things we do as families that make our households unique. Ever since I wrote about the evolution of our morning routine, I've been thinking about the spectrum of those habits that identify us as a family: thoughtful efforts, quirky jokes, seasonal events and even the daily mindless routines. All of those things are important because, big or small, they are ways that we celebrate being a family. So when I'm using the word "traditions," here, I don't mean anything fancy - it's mostly the simple stuff that we don't notice too much. THAT'S the glue.

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On Fridays, let's start sharing some of our family traditions. Your glue might inspire me. Our family glue might sound curious or silly or clever. I hope clever. 

I'll go first. This one is on Jim. Whenever he walks in the door of our house, he gives a little whistle. It's  a cheerful "sweet-zoo!" and almost sounds like a bird. At first I was like, "Why are you whistling??" but he's persistent. I'm glad. Now his greeting is a sweet noise to me and almost Pavlovian with the boys. Their ears perk up, their heads turn, and without saying a word, we know right away, Daddy's home. It's one small part of what makes our home, our home. 
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How do you greet your family? Any unique traditions? If not, could you make it something special?




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4 Responses to “Family Traditions - The Glue”

  1. HI Courtney! What a fun little tradition with your husband!

    I don't know how unique it is, but when we eat dinner, I always have two candles lit. I remember my Mom doing that for us as children, so I guess I am carrying that on. Even when the kids were little, we did that.

    Happy Sunday!
    Ceil

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    1. I love that, Ceil. My boys always think it is special if we light a candle at dinner. That is a great tradition.

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  2. When we call the family to dinner we call, "Laban, supper's ready." It was on a Bible story tape and somehow it stuck. My youngest daughter is 20 so we've been saying it a long time. I agree, traditions are so important.

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    1. Pamela - Exactly! These are exactly the little things I mean. Love this one.

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