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Sunday, September 13, 2009

New Family Traditions

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My eldest initiated a new family tradition!

We were sitting around talking, one thing led to another, and she created a whole program!

Saturday night, we gathered, before Star Trek, and my daughter led the event.

First, we all had a treat: hot chocolate (made with chocolate powder and real chocolate) and Tim Tams.

Now, for those culturally uninitiated, Tim Tams are these British Australian biscuits (that all our British friends love) -- chocolate covered, chocolate sandwich cookies, with chocolate cream in the middle.

Apparently, there is a whole ritual for eating them. Our daughter explained: you take a small bite off of each end, so that you can suck air through the cookie. Then you stick one end into the hot chocolate and suck. The chocolate inside the Tim Tam will melt and then you stick the whole thing in your mouth. "It's messy," she warned.

Her siblings loved it, mess and all. Her parents (that would be Moshe and me), did not appreciate the messy nature of the endeavor, and ate our second Tim Tam in a more conservative fashion. Just call us "old fogies."

Afterwards, our eldest explained the main activity: We would all write on a piece of paper our hopes and aspirations for the coming year. Her original thought was to write about things in our house, but we could write about anything we want. Next year, before Rosh HaShanah, we will read the notes that we wrote this year, either privately or publicly, we will each decide for our self. After a few years, we will be able to read notes from past years as well.

My daughter then spread out colorful pens for writing, and placed in the center of the table a special box that she decorated for holding the notes.

Everyone participated enthusiastically, and there was a thoughtful silence as we each wrote our notes to ourselves. Then we carefully folded our notes, put our names on them, and dropped them in the box.

Our daughter placed the box on top of our tallest cabinet and we moved to the living room for Star Trek night.

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Staying Afloat said...

I. Love. This. Please tell your daughter that there will be another family across the ocean doing something similar this week. (minus the Star Trek).

It's so great how she understands the values of planning, beauty, growth and family.

Anonymous said...

i loved the plan,we will try it too,as far as the tim tam thingee my kids have been doing it for years,utterly gross,tell y shes starting a whole very cool trend,i will pass the wish box along.

Anonymous said...

The new tradition sounds great. We started a similar tradition almost 24 years ago on the secular New Years Eve when I was expecting our oldest. We (first my husband and myself and now my kids) sit down and make predictions for the following year. Then the next year we reread the predictions to see which ones were correct and do the predictions for the next year. We have all our predictions and it is fun to reread the earlier ones. Plus it is a nice family activity.

Melissa said...

What a fabulous family tradition.


Moshe said...

Staying Afloat: It's much better with Star Trek...