Routines, rituals, traditions. Some of my favorite things. I’m not sure what it is about doing something at the same time every day, every week, or every year that gives me such joy and peace, but there it is.
When we were reading about the Passover this year, the verse that stood out to me was that God told them to celebrate it yearly, so they wouldn’t forget His protection. (Exodus 12:14.)
I guess deep down, that is what all the traditions I’ve developed in our family boil down to. While enjoying moments of fun, warmth, and total security, we’re also creating set points in our daughters’ lives that they will always remember. And the mom in me hopes they’ll one day return home for some of these traditions and remember their rich childhood filled with love. Of course, I also hope that they’ll pass them on to their own children, and create some new ones, too.
The only problem with routines is, like anything, you can overdo it. I’ve been known to get so enthusiastic about traditions that make it practically impossible to keep up with them all. That will have to be part of my kids’ memories, too. Their wacky mom who was always planning something!
In spite of my flakiness, several things have stayed put over the years.
Here are some simple ones I’ve shared:
What are some of your favorite routines?