Nothing binds a family together like special occasions. The unique traditions you embrace for Christmas, Easter, and even birthdays and anniversaries help define your family identity. But why settle for just a handful of holidays? Any day, any event can become a cause for fun if you put your mind to it. You can plan ahead for a special occasionlike the day Mom and Dad metor surprise the kids with an impromptu celebrationlike a day of kite flying in honor of the first day of Spring (March 20). Here are some other suggestions to get your creative juices flowing:
Our Day: Choose a date that has special meaning to your family such as the day you moved into your home, Grandma and Grandpa's anniversary, or the day you found out you were going to be parents for the first time. Develop your own family Olympiad complete with fun competitions, cheap prizes, and an over-the-top opening ceremony (keep a record of the events and winners from year to year). Make a family flag and fly it outside your house. Or simply go out to dinner at your favorite restaurant and reminisce about your best family memories. Let your kids come up with ideas and they'll be more likely to participate.
Caroling the Critters: Find two or three other families with school-age children and plan an annual December day at the zoo. En route, read the Christmas story from Luke 2, and practice favorite Christmas carols. Once there, serenade the animals, especially those whose ancestors might have been part of the original Christmas storydonkeys, camels, sheep, goats, etc. Bundle up and bring a thermos of hot chocolate to keep your little singers warm and happy. And don't forget to take a picture to send out with your Christmas cards.