Posts Tagged ‘traditions’

March Madness: A Family Affair?

March 13, 2010

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There is no greater sporting event on this or any other planet than the NCAA Men’s College Basketball championship tournament (aka March Madness), in my opinion.  In fact, my wife didn’t realize what this event turned me into before she married me.  If she had, I may have been watching this years event alone (as with the previous 24).  I hid it well enough so that she never thought anything of it when we set our wedding date (March 23, 1985).  Showing maturity beyond my years, I didn’t even flinch when we considered that of 52 weekends available, we had to have our wedding during one of the three dedicated to this event.  But, that maturity quickly disappeared and my immaturity reared it’s ugly head during our honeymoon.

No sense in going into too much detail (you can ask my wife and I’m sure she’ll be more than happy to share those memorable details with you 😉 ), but our honeymoon was the theater for my stupidity.  Let’s just say that the weekend after our wedding, our honeymoon continued and so did March Madness.  What’s so wrong about spending some of your honeymoon in a hotel room, anyway?

Now that you see my obsession with this event (I’ll be getting counseling but not until a new champion has been crowned this year), it shouldn’t surprise you that I’ve dragged my family into my March Madness.  So, for nearly 20 years, we’ve filled out brackets at home (no money involved 🙂 ), and take turns circling winners and crossing out losers as the tournament progresses.  It’s become one of our little family traditions.  So, we anxiously await the announcement of the brackets so that we can pick out our winners and losers as a family.  Not exactly memorizing God’s Word together but it has been something that we’ve enjoyed as a family and look forward to it again this year as being uniquely “us”.

For Discussion:  What family traditions do you have that are uniquely yours that will allow your kids to build upon when they grow and have their own families?

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Peeps Come and Peeps Go

April 12, 2009

Our family is untraditional.  No, I don’t mean different or non-traditional — though we are likely that as well.  I mean “untraditional” as in, we don’t have any.  Or, rather, we don’t stick to any for very long.  That may be mostly my fault – I like change too much.  When Tevye sings the praises of tradition in Fiddler on the Roof, I’m thinking, “You need to get out more.”

peepsBut Easter is one of two Christian holidays we’ve tried on a tradition or two.  Or three.  We’ve decorated Easter eggs, planted Gardens of Gethsemane, made Rice Krispie Peep baskets and even Easter cookies that pop up to reveal an empty tomb inside.  All fun stuff while the kids were growing up.  Each, however, seemed to be only for a season or two.  I guess it wouldn’t be appropriate to call these traditions, because they didn’t last.  They were more like an expression.   A way to celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death.

Yesterday, we resurrected one of those old traditions, if you’ll permit my use of that word.  We made some Peep nests.  Our now young adult children thought they were pretty cool — like they’d never seen them before.  Admittedly, I didn’t remember those little yellow birds, either!  There is a good side to being forgetful – you can experience the enthusiasm of a new activity again and again… and again.

I used to feel bad about being an untraditional family — like we’re not doing our job as parents.  Then, I realized it’s not the continuity of an activity that’s important — it’s taking delight in the meaning of it that makes it worth doing.

SOUND OFF:  What are some of the traditions or expressions your family has found helpful to celebrate Easter?