Let’s talk Family Traditions. I’m sure we all have our own sets of traditions - we have our dear parents to thank for starting some of ours.
Once a year, our parents would make it a point to have some strict family time. Some years, it would be a grand adventure to explore a city or country that we haven’t been before and some years, it would be a simple staycation at a nearby hotel. Wherever it was, togetherness was all that mattered… and games, lots of games.
Last year though, Hazel and Arvin had introduced our family to this thing called “Camping”. Living in the middle of nowheres, making sure you brought half your homes to survive and meeting a whole lotta bug friends.
… not going to lie. It is a lot more work than just packing an overnight bag, checking in a hotel and relaxing in a jacuzzi and sleeping in air-conditioned rooms. But I guess this is where “family bonding” comes to play.
Everyone would have to have their set of roles & responsibilities. Hazel and my mom were always great with preparing food. This was the first time I’ve ever had to set up a tent, with the help of the teenager, Ecker. Then there’s setting up the fire, clean up and more food.
I guess that’s what families do anyway.. we’re supposed to help each other out. I, of course, was in charge of the camera. ha ha I can also be pretty helpful with food tasting and wood hauling. lol
I may have forgotten to bring that extra mattress but you can count on me to bring balloons and decors to make our temporary home extra pretty. High Five? No? Ok…
Chess is pretty big in our family. A tournament would be on play on every get together. I think it’s awesome how it gets passed on to the next generation. I mean, look at how serious these guys are taking their game :
Growing up, my mom has introduced us to a lot of boardgames. Family time would mean phones off and everyone must participate. I think this is why we would always look forward to playing boardgames on get togethers. The unstable unicorns has been a favourite lately, even the boys have insisted we teach and include them too.
Games are awesome for family bonding - old and young. Passing on childhood games are funner when we see our little ones enjoying the simple games that we used to play as kids.. Do you remember your “Saw Saw Suka“? We hope to pass on “Patintero” next..
FAMILY PHOTOS will always always be a part of our get togethers. It will always be in the Agenda. haha
Year after year after year, Mom would always make us sit on the couch for our yearly family photos - and there would always be that one kid who refused to sit and smile. I think we’ve had enough of the “Traditional” sitting group photos growing up. lol
Oh and before I forget… my mom loves bday surprises. It is family tradition. And so I think it was the best way to welcome the new sister in law with her first surprise birthday with the family… rain or shine.
So this is my family. These are our traditions. And this is me… trying to look for the nearest coffee shop so I can get some wi-fi because I still had some photos to deliver on our first day…
There was no Tim Hortons nearby. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?? But there was a gas station 30 mins away that had awesome wi-fi. Photos were delivered & I drove back to enjoy an unplugged weekend with my favourite peoples :)
What are your family traditions? Do you have a favourite game? I’d love to hear your stories! Leave them at the comment below.
Have an Amazing Summer you guys! xoxo, abotz
P.S: If you ever need someone to invade your family get togethers for some non-traditional family photos (maybe a new tradition?) You know who to call :)