Celebrating Traditions During Those In-Between Times

Sometimes, it’s not all about the gifts or the presents. As I have grown older I have found that the holidays and big celebrations such as birthdays and anniversaries are far more special when you focus on friends, family and traditions as you count down to and celebrate special moments. To me, traditions in the traditional sense refer to the how you celebrate big events such as religious holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc. While traditional traditions hold a very special place in my heart, so too do the non-traditional or informal traditions that we share with family and friends during those in-between times.

These non-traditional or informal traditions add excitement to life, create togetherness amongst those you love, and perhaps most importantly they allow us to remember those things that truly matter in life. I don’t believe that keeping traditions should be reserved for a handful of events throughout the year, rather I believe in viewing things that are normally seen as routine, as informal traditions like grabbing coffee on a weekly basis with a friend or watching the Patriots on Sundays at your neighborhood bar. Of course, informal traditions can also be more involved like a winter ski trip spent with friends or an annual charity benefit. Personally, the informal traditionals I look forward to the most are…

an annual long weekend with my entire family at our beach house in Narragansett, RI,

Beach, RI
baking desserts with my sisters the night before Thanksgiving,


attending the annual Holiday Stroll in Beacon Hill every December with friends,

beacon hill holiday stroll

and regular nights in with friends or my boyfriend that consist of homemade meals (Plated counts, right?) and drinks rather than dinners/drinks out.

plated ingredients

As I grow older, I’m certain that many of the traditions (both traditional and informal) I keep today will change and that’s ok! Likely, it will mean that I am creating new or enhancing existing traditions!

As we approach the new year (15 days away, but who’s counting?), I’m curious, what non-traditional traditions do you look forward to celebrating in 2016? I’d love to know!

p.s. Just for kicks, I couldn’t resist sharing this article I came across this summer on The Bizarre Origins of 12 Everyday Traditions.





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