Family traditions are a huge part of most families. Starting your own family presents an opportunity to create traditions that are all your own by either meshing family traditions brought in by you and your partner, or creating brand new ones.
We asked our lovely ambassadors and the moms and dads here at Bambo Nature to share a favorite family tradition of theirs.
Celeste Wright (Instagram: @celeste_wright)
Celeste is a huge fan of Easter. Growing up her mom “treated Easter like the Christmas of spring” and she wanted to carry on that tradition with her own daughter. This past year they participated in a total of four Easter egg hunts and participated in her sister’s Easter tradition of throwing confetti filled eggs at one another following the egg hunt. To prep her daughter, Lila, for the Easter egg hunts, Celeste would hide large golden eggs around the house with small treats. She says, “She loved finding an egg and we had so much fun doing this together; it added a little bit of magic to our everyday routine.”
Jess celebrates Christmas Eve by making “a giant bed in the living room and watching movies together until it's bed time” which sounds pretty fun to us, too! She also loves teaching her son, Blake, the importance of giving back. “Every year around Thanksgiving/Christmas we pick one family to take presents to and it's a blast.”
Although simple, Dani's tradition with her family is something they look forward to every week. "On Saturday mornings when King wakes up, he comes into bed with Zach and I and we all snuggle, have tickle fights, and laugh until our stomachs ache. While it may seem silly to some, this is one of our favorite things that we do together as a family. I love that we start the weekend out with laughs, and time together."
Baking and cooking is something the Pahls family loves to do! "There's just something about being in the kitchen and getting to spend time as a family that I love so much! My husband and I love the holiday season and wanted to start a special family tradition when we got married. We decided that Christmas morning we would wake up early and make each other whatever the other wanted. We go grocery shopping the week before and make sure we're stocked up to make each other whatever the other wants.... Sometimes we even start talking about what we want months before. Once our daughters were old enough to choose what they wanted, they too got to be included in the tradition! We want Christmas to be a day where we look forward to getting to celebrate and serve one another and spend time lavishing one another with something as simple but so very special as a meal we can all enjoy together!"
Jasmine Jones (Instagram: @Motherinfromwithin_)
Jasmine has started several traditions for her family, but her favorite involves a matching red bracelet. "The three of us always have on our red bracelets, usually on our left wrist unless it breaks on its own. When it breaks, I'm quick to hurry and get it back on. Wearing of the red bracelets is very common in a lot of religions and cultures. For us there's no religious or historical cultural reason, minus or own family culture we are creating. It simply means the best intentions, good luck, blessings and protection against the evil eye, those who don't wish us well, and the best blessings getting through situations that aren't the best. Lucas and I took a trip to Asia over the summer. While we were in Cambodia we visited Angkor Wat and a monk there did a flushing blessing on us (prayed and tied red bracelets on our wrist). It was very special to us, and he also blessed one for us to bring home to Alexander. For our little family it's something that ties us together even when we aren't physically together, it's a tradition we've started and are so happy to continue it for generations to come. Its sentimental, it's ours..so it's special to me and we will do it forever."
Tom Royster, Director of Sales at Abena North America
Our director of sales created a tradition out of love for a favorite TV show and of sports. "In my best ode to Seinfeld, I created “Festivus Trips” for my boys once they were old enough in a way to see the country and take in some great sporting venues.
Pigskin Festivus – This was the original annual trip that I put together that I take my boys and my father on. We try and travel to at least one away Auburn game each year and they have been able to experience LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and will get to experience a Miami/FSU game this year. Missouri will be on the schedule for next year!
Baseball Festivus – This came shortly after as a post-Memorial day trip to start the process of my boys seeing each baseball stadium in America. They’ve now been able to see 11 of the ballparks and we have the rest scheduled out for the years to come.
Hoops Festivus - This one began in 2014 as a Christmas time trip to visit NBA arenas and other cities that might not make it on the other trips. We’ve visited New Orleans and Oklahoma City so far with Boston on the schedule for this year."
Nick & Roxanne Morganti, Controller at Abena North America
Nick and his wife Roxanne have created a very special tradition that has been since passed down to their adult children. "On each of my children's birthdays , I tell them the "story" of their birth day. It's the same story, year after year... but they both love it and feel special that I take the time to repeat it! My daughter, who is now 35 and is the mother of a two year old, has decided to continue this tradition. It's fun to remember all the details of each birth and repeating it yearly keeps the memories alive forever!"
Looking for more ideas? Try some of these:
- Birthday Handprint – Every year on your child’s birthday, paint a canvas any color you choose, grab a second color for the handprint, dip your little ones hand in the paint and place on the canvas. Add the age or date and watch as their handprint grows.
- A Yearly Memory – Collect one item each year that resonates with a memory. It can be their favorite toy, a souvenir from a family trip or a book you read together.
- First Day of School Jitter Juice – Give the kids a special yummy juice on the first day of school each year to help them calm their nerves. Draw a cute label for the bottle for an extra fun surprise.
- Back to School Fairy – Have your kids leave their book bags outside their bedroom door the night before school starts. Fill up their bags with cute new school supplies and goodies with a note from the Back to School Fairy.
- Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to show your kiddos some extra lovin’! Try covering their bedroom door with butcher paper and writing all of the things you love about them. Extra points for cute doodles!
- A Family Gratitude Jar is a great way to teach your children to be thankful for every small awesome thing in their life. At the end of every day, before bedtime, have everyone write down one thing they’re grateful for that day and stick it in the jar. Have a big fancy dinner at the end of the month and pass the jar around reading the cards out loud.
What are some of your favorite family traditions? Leave us a comment below or tweet us at @BamboNatureUSA to share yours!