If you happened to be one of the many, many people who have filled out basketball brackets this year, you would know that the Catamounts are not playing in the NCAA tournament this year. But when they made it to the Big Danice in 2012, my son picked them to win the championship.
Granted, he was only three at the time, and he was a bit devastated when they lost almost right away. But he was just so cute about his picks that none of us had the heart to tell him that maybe that was not the best prediction.
For my kids, March means basketball. While by the end of the tournament, some of my four are ready to be done with watching games, for the most part, this event has become “our” thing. Our tradition. My oldest usually keeps a copy of everyone’s schedule, so that he can keep track of whose teams are doing well. We have to tone down the competitive aspect, but usually the wins/losses end up being random enough that no one gets it exactly right.
You might be saying to yourself, “I really don’t like basketball. What difference does this make to me?” Hopefully a lot. Not the game but the concept.
We are now almost three months past the December holidays. Yes, three months past one of the busiest months of the year for moms everywhere. I love Christmas, but the pressure that we put on ourselves as moms can be a bit ridiculous. Trying to put meaning behind every moment can be a bit exhausting. Now I am not suggesting a boycott of the holidays. After all, Easter is coming soon along with a whole other set of family
What am I trying to say? Simply this: what traditions have you established in your family that signifies your family? That sets you apart as a unique group? That brings a sense of unity?
For our family, March Madness is one. National Donut Day is another. Just this week, our family went out for the 2nd year to DQ for free ice cream day. Maybe this will become a tradition too! Good thing that basketball does not directly involve food, since the rest of my holidays seem to do that!
Now the goal is not to add one more thing to your schedule. Or to simply be busy. Instead this is a challenge to think about what you are already doing. How can you add meaning and purpose to days that can begin to flow together. Pretty much there is a special day set aside for everything. Pick one that you do anyway and observe the occasion officially. I am not sure if February 9th works for kite flying day in Nebraska, but you can adapt to fit your family. (Note: I have not previewed everything on that site, so all images/holidays might not be kid friendly.) Go on and celebrate. Traditions are just waiting to be started.