Back in June when we celebrated our fifteenth (!!!) wedding anniversary, we celebrated like we usually do (when we’re not in a strictly gluten-free year, that is). We picked up a couple of pieces of wedding cake and enjoyed them with the kids.
But not just any wedding cake. Our wedding cake.
When we got married, we ordered our cake from a local bakery with a storefront. We didn’t think for a second about the ramifications then, but now we can drop in on our anniversary every year and pick up a few slices of Italian cream, chocolate raspberry, and carrot—the three flavors we had for our wedding—and bring them home. (If the owner is in she gives them to us for free and asks how the kids are doing.)
Our kids love the tradition, and I don’t think it’s just because of the icing.
I posted a picture of our cake cutting to Instagram without thinking much of it, but your comments made me realize that this isn’t a typical tradition. We didn’t set out to create it; we just stumbled into it. (Those might be the best kind of traditions.)
That got me thinking about our other traditions—not the big ones, like turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve at Grandma’s—but the quirky but unremarkable things that make our family unique.
These things don’t take much time or effort, but they’re nevertheless special. They make us us:
• We eat dinner together. (Ordinary, see?)
• We have special breakfasts on Saturday or Sunday mornings. (But rarely both.)
• For family birthdays, we fire up the White Album and play Birthday over and over again for a living room dance party.
• We do birthday donuts.
• We do Friday pizza night. (I love/hate how many of our traditions involve food. I try to make sure not too many of our traditions revolve around sugar.)
• We have a really indulgent breakfast on the first day of school. Think pancakes, eggs, and bacon. Or better yet, apple crisp a la mode.
• We take evening walks. (After the recent jaw-dropping blue moon, a friend mentioned that a family she knew took full moon walks. I love this.)
• We bike ride, we hike, we take the dog on long walks on any weekend with halfway decent weather.
• We seek out and browse the local independent bookstore whenever we’re on the road.
• When we’re traveling, we leave before dawn—at least if the kids get their way. They love to leave home when it’s still dark out.
• We watch funny, entertaining, and just plain strange YouTube clips together.
• We have family game nights. Now that my youngest is five, we’re just entering the stage where this is actually fun. We love Taboo, Uno, and Word on the Street.
We all could use some good ideas: I’d love to hear YOUR quirky but accessible traditions in comments.