Every year on New Year’s Eve my Dad would make ice cream sodas. They were the best tasting drinks ever. He would first put a spoonful of vanilla ice cream in a tall glass. Pour some pop in. It would be either strawberry or orange. I couldn’t tell you which one I loved the most. They both were so yummy!!! He mixed the ice cream and pop until it was blended together. He would add more ice cream up to the top. At last he would slowly pour pop until there was bubbly foam just past the rim.
It’s been three years since my Dad passed away. My children used to make ice – cream sodas with him. We continue the tradition in memory of him.
Why does family tradition matter?
- It’s a way to celebrate life together.
- Memories are built and stories are created
- They provide a sense of belonging, connection and unity.
- Traditions can be passed down from one generation to the next
- It’s a great way to experience ones family culture
I always enjoy family traditions. I like to be with my loved ones and show them how important they are to me. It also feels good to matter to others and be cared about.
While growing up every year on my Birthday my Mom would serve me spaghetti on her special china plates. These plates were used for all of our family celebrations. She would tell me that the plates were mine for when I grow up and have a family. I remember feeling special and excited every time we ate off of them.
Now these lovely plates with little pink roses and a shiny gold rim around the edges sit on my kitchen shelf. My kids appreciate our family treasure from Grandma and my little girl knows that these are hers. I look forward to using these dishes for celebrations and creating more memories with them.
One of the best things we can do as a Mom is be creative with our family gatherings. We are the glue that holds our family together. Let’s take time out to make special moments memorable.
What are some of your family traditions?
Fun items to consider for family traditional celebrations in spring or summer family reunions. I just purchased this collection for Easter and will pass them along to my daughter someday.
Cute little keepsake to share with the family over the years.