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,
baking desserts with my sisters the night before Thanksgiving,
attending the annual Holiday Stroll in Beacon Hill every December with friends,
and regular nights in with friends or my boyfriend that consist of homemade meals (Plated counts, right?) and drinks rather than dinners/drinks out.
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.