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Traditions that Bring Your Family Together

Traditions have been around for many years...

Some use them more than others. As parents to a 6 month old, we are already thinking about new traditions to make with our daughter as time goes on. I love the idea of traditions being passed down from one generation to next. For example: my husband's family always starts their meal with prayer around their island while we all hold hands and pray for each other and those that have died. I have a huge grin on my face every time we do it because it makes me feel closer to everyone. That tradition is now a part of our home every day. After all, isn't that kind of the point of traditions? With my immediate family, we recently started a new tradition to make our Christmas party themed. Last year was pajama themed and it was so awesome to not have to worry about looking all dolled up or anything. We all just sat around in our pajamas laughing, sipping on some spirits and truly enjoying each other's company. This year, we are thinking 70's themed. Can't wait to get my hands on some bell bottoms!

I feel like traditions have a way of bringing you back to such a special moment in your life.

I was fortunate enough to be able to know and even spend a lot of my years up until I was about 5 with my great grandmother. At the time, we were living with my grandparents in the suburbs and my great grandma lived right next door. I would come home from preschool and go right to her house-almost every day. We would make toast together-either butter toast or peanut butter depending on they day. After that, we would sit down for a couple of card games of "war." To this day, when I play that game with a sibling, it brings me right back to her kitchen, the smell of warm butter in the air! What I would do to be able to go back and do that one more time.

I think about all of the traditions that each of our families have created and how we can somehow blend them with our new family of three.

I think the idea of having our daughter carry on something that we as parents created with her would be such a heartwarming experience.

One thing we hope to start with her as she gets older is making Sundays a family day. A day where we make quality time to be with one another. Attending mass, doing an activity, baking, etc. Cell phones? Nope. Those can be put up for at least a few hours. I want to be able to create a day where she knows that being a family is what matters most. I am not the best cook, but I hope that my daughter and I can bond in the kitchen as I show her some recipes that her grandmas have given to me (see, another tradition being passed!).

So what would be your tradition or legacy that you want to start right now? Even if kids are not in the picture, you can be doing something with your spouse to bond as a couple. I have always felt closest to my husband when we are trying new things and learning as we go. I hope that my daughter begins to feel that too as we incorporate more family time into her life.

Get to know Darcy & Two Pink Lines

Hi All! My name is Darcy Martin. I am married to an amazing man of almost 2 years and we welcomed our first baby, a daughter, in April. I began blogging as a way to therapeutically write when I was pregnant and I haven’t looked back! We moved from the city of Chicago to the suburbs a year ago to start a family. I am finding the new “me” as a stay at home mother, continuing to find ways to “date your spouse,” and finding ways to socialize/get involved with other women in a new city. Writing and making others laugh has been a passion of mine from a young age and I thoroughly enjoy using those talents on a blogging platform. Thank you for following along with me on this journey!