Saturday, January 25, 2014


I love traditions . . . I think they are one of the things that make "families" families.

Chili soup made by me, vegetable soup and chicken noodle soup made by mom - Christmas tradition for our meal.  And Deb's four-layer dessert.  Yum.

As a child my dad's family had a family potluck meal every month to celebrate all of the birthdays for that month - - - a cake with everyones name was always included.  What a great tradition!

Packing up my two kids and sometimes a friend or girl friend and going to Tami's house for spring break.  Wonderful fun!!!

Rockin' New Years Eve on TV every year - me saying I will be there in Times Square some time and my hubs saying no you won't.

Everyone gets a Christmas stocking in my immediate family - which has gone from two kids to now let's see I believe the count was 14 this year!    It will be filled with goodies - but Grandma gets the stocking back of course for the next year.

At the office, we gather at someone's home for a gift exchange and snacks.  Really nice to spend time together outside the work place.

         "It's true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you'll find you've created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul." -- Caroline Kennedy

“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, 

indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril” -- Winston Churchill.

Yes, I love traditions.  And even now, at age nearly 55, kids grown and out of the house, and separated by some miles . . . I declare I am starting a new one . . .

I first heard about this years ago from my sister, Tami.  Her family was given a special celebration plate.   Great way to honor a member of the family - be it a birthday, good report card, great ballgame, good behavior, job change, etc.  The special person got to eat off of the "Celebrate" plate.

I did this tradition really without calling it a tradition - but when the kids needed or deserved a little extra attention or special reward - I would announce that I would have "A special dinner".   Don't know that I served anything special or new - maybe it would be the honoree's favorite food - but it was special cuz I said it was!  And we sat together as a family and talked about the special person for that moment!  I would wonder if either of my children even realized we did that?  Have never asked them.

So here it is . . . the "Celebrate" plate.

I purchased this from Pampered Chef and my friend Rebecca.  And the tradition starts today, January 25, 2014 as I have my dad, mom and in-laws over for my dad's birthday!  Yes even at age 79 you can be part of new traditions!  I plan to use the plate tonight for dad to eat his birthday supper off of, and in the future whenever we have something special to celebrate.  Birthdays and the usuals - but even when you "come home" for a visit - have a new baby - the grandkids achievements - new jobs - success at work - disappointments in life - or for anything I deem "Celebrate plate" worthy!!

How do you feel about traditions?  Please share your family traditions!

Blessings in celebrating all the special moments in a lifetime.


  1. I have to admit - I did a poor job of remembering to get the special plate out. The kids had to remind me.

    Traditions are a big deal to me, too. Hmmm... maybe we're related. :)

    Decorating Christmas cookies, soup on Christmas eve, even our Thanksgiving menu is a tradition. Seems my family bases everything on food. WE also have a tradition of playing board games or doing jigsaw puzzles when we're together (with snacks).

    Christmas decorations are one of our biggest traditions. A new ornament for each child every year - based on something that happened to them or that they accomplished that year. I didn't get out the Santa collection this year and the kids noticed and demanded that I do it next year.

    Your plate will be a great tradition with the grandkids. Maybe I'll drag mine back out.

    1. Even if your kids had to be the ones to remember - it evidently was serving its purpose of a fun and special tradition for Mitch and Amanda. I did get my Santa collection out this year - after skipping a couple of years - and I decided I didn't need "a place" to display them all - - - I would just display them All Over the house! I loved it.

  2. I'm visiting over from Tami's page and I'm sure happy I did. Love your celebration plate. My dad would have loved eating off such a special plate. We have a tradition of giving black socks at Christmas. One year an ad on tv was all about how aweful it was to receive black socks for Christmas, and that you should receive their forgotten product instead. Ever since, mom and I make of point of buying black socks for various family members. One year, everyone, even the little baby got the socks. Now the guys looks forward to being re-socked.
    When we got married, my aunt gave us and engraved knife to cut our wedding cake (which we had made). She had received one from her father at her wedding. We use it every time we serve a birthday cake at our house. it's been used many times over the years and I couldn't imagine cutting into a birthday cake without it.

    1. What a great idea to use your wedding knife for future birthdays, etc!!! I have never thought of that - and in fact - have no idea what happened to mine - wish I had saved it for special occasions! Thanks for reading along with me and I will be sure to read your blog as well. As soon as I can learn a little better how to zentangle - I will check out your challenges and participate!


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