In part 1 of this short series of articles discussing ideas for creating family traditions, it covered ideas for creating daily family traditions.Part 2 gave examples and ideas for creating weekly family traditions. Here now in part 3 it will cover ideas for creating monthly family traditions. Creating family traditions can be a cornerstone of any family strengthening the foundations on which it grows. It offers something exciting for members to look forward to and can be a wonderful way of spending quality time together. If daily or even weekly traditions may be too much to fit into your schedule, perhaps a once a month tradition can be shared. Some ideas for a once a month tradition may include things such as…..
1.) Neighborhood Block Party- Once a month, invite the neighbors over for a potluck barbecue or dinner of some kind depending on the weather of course. You could include activities for fun as well such as a make your own pizza party, lawn games such as horseshoes or volleyball, a piñata for the kids, water balloon toss, whatever fun things you can think of. Not only will this build relationships with your family members, but with your neighbors as well!
2.) Ethnic Food Night- Rather than going out to a restaurant, take that money and spend it on foods to create an ethnic food dining experience. Members can vote each month on the ethnic cuisine of choice whether it is Italian, Mongolian, Greek, Chinese, Mexican or whatever other ones you come up with. Try decorating the table with the ethnic theme in mind and give it a restaurant feel to the table settings. This can be a fun and very memorable tradition! It is easy enough to find recipes online for what ever ethnic food you choose.
3.) Give a Neighbor a Dessert/Meal Day- Have all family members help make some type of dessert or a one dish casserole. Then as a family do the neighborly thing and take it to a neighbor. If you have several neighbors you can switch up which neighbor receives this gift each month. This use to be quite a common thing in the old days but has been a lost tradition for some time new. Time to renew this wonderful tradition of being kind and neighborly!
4.) Park day- No matter where you live, most children enjoy going to a playground and park. Try to make a day of it and head out to a playground park and bring a picnic lunch or if barbecues are available at the park, bring items to grill on the barbecue. Even if you live a ways out in the country this is a great tradition to hold to offer your children a chance to socialize and play with others. It is also a great way to spend some family time enjoying your picnic meal, playing, flying kites and just enjoying being out of doors.
5.) Write a letter to loved ones day- Writing letters is another tradition that has died off to be replaced with emails and phone calls. Most people still really enjoy receiving had written letters though. Have everyone sit down and write a person or several people you know, whether they are far away or close to where you live! You can really make this fun by having available different types of paper, stamps, markers, stencils and other fun items to use on their letters.
6.) Bragging Story Contest- Story telling use to be an art form for many Native American tribes and other indigenous cultures. The whole idea for the bragging story contest is for each member to tell their story and brag about all what they have accomplished in the months time. These are suppose to be extremely exaggerated stories surrounding real things they have accomplished to make themselves look bigger than life. These can be fun, hilarious and a great self esteem boost as the listeners cheer for them.
7.) Talking Circle- This is another Native American inspired Tradition where the idea is kind of like a family council. Everyone sits in a circle and a talking stick is passed around. The only person who is allowed to talk is the one with the talking stick. Here everyone can voice their concerns, feelings and even what they feel is working within the family. This is a place where everyone’s voice matters without judgment. It is a wonderful way to hold a family meeting in a neutral setting where one is free to share their feelings and be heard trying to find solutions and problem solving.
I hope you have enjoyed these ideas, remember you have the choice to make your family amazing! Traditions go a long ways in creating amazing!