Despite our lives feeling like they’re at a standstill in quarantine, the hand on the clock is steadfast with its ticking! So, I continued my tradition of decorating for the new season. (Plus a change in scenery, even if it’s just on our walls, lifted my morale.) I stuck in the last thumbtack and stood a few feet from the wall to see my spring banner is almost centered if you squint your eyes just enough. Each season has its own set of decorations and its list of family traditions to complement them in my family.
It’s not that I didn’t want to be creative or find new ways to do weekly rituals or enjoy special occasions, it’s just that I was getting comfortable in quarantine and didn’t feel the need to. The sentimental value of doing traditions the same way before COVID-19 has outweighed the notion of getting creative and starting new ones since this quarantine happened. So, it can be easy to default to a place where there are NO traditions anymore.
While waiting and hoping for the dust to settle, we have gone out of our way to keep the peace in a constantly full house. We stir up laughter to distract from the stress. We try to be intentional about keeping in touch with friends and family we’ve been separated from.
Things that initially felt like coping mechanisms transitioned into traditions.
Maybe without even meaning to, you’ve started new traditions with your family during the quarantine.
Without warning, and surprisingly with a natural stride, we have stepped into a season of firsts and starting new traditions. We have all adapted out of necessity and some good is coming from it.
Traditions aren’t limited to the holidays. They can be a continuation of the intentional time you’ve spent with your family. There are daily, weekly and monthly activities you can continue (or start) after you answer the questions below.
The questions are meant to help you reflect on your time in quarantine and make purposeful decisions on what you want your time to look like after.
- What have you learned about your family during this time?
- What has inspired them to change out of pajamas into dressier clothes?
- Have you noticed times where your kids have held on to you a little longer?
- Has your spouse passionately kissed you? Was it after a long-overdue conversation you finally had time to have?
- When have you felt loved?
- What have you and your family enjoyed filling your time with? Game night, pizza on Wednesdays, stories before bed, or movie marathons?
- When have you seen your kids’ faces light up? Did they try something new or did you teach them a new skill? Did they help make dinner one night of the week?
- When have you and your family wanted to do something again?
If you want a few more ideas for some family traditions, here you go!
- Have a designated day each week for game night.
- Make a secret handshake with each of your kids.
- If you don’t eat together as a family every night, choose a night to do this. If you already do, choose a night where someone else helps cook.
- Start a thankfulness journal and each week share with each other what you are grateful for and read it at the end of the year.
- Have a family dance party on the weekends.
- Start a monthly talent show or show and tell. If you have older kids, have them present something they’re interested in or a place they want to travel to and why.
- Evening walks.
- Movie night.
- Special breakfast on Saturdays.
- Full moon adventure! Every 29 days there’s a full moon. Going to a spot where you can see it well makes for a fun mini-adventure.
This has been a difficult time. Maybe you’ve found new ways to do old things, caught up on some lost time, or learned something new about your family. Despite the uncertainty and challenges COVID-19 brought into your lives, you made the most of it. (It’s never too late to start, either!)
I hope the new traditions that have come from quarantine continue on for much longer.