I think I was born at the wrong time and the wrong place! I’m the gal that loves pulling out the china, crystal, Aunt Do’s sterling silver and white lines for Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner–no problem! It makes me sad to see that our modern society seems to have embraced an epidemic of casualness. One and done! No hassle! Cheapest and easiest way possible are the mantras of living life in the 21st century. The younger generation thinks nothing of running into the local supermarket to grab a meal/pizza to be served on paper & plastic and call it a day. How ordinary & sad!
My question to them is: What makes a day special? What memories are you providing for your kids? Why is grandma’s apple pie and stuffing recipes something we should saver? The answer–TRADITION!!! It’s become a dirty work in our fast food fast paced world. We have a plethora of excuses to lay blame on why taking time out to plan a celebration with friends & family isn’t relevant anymore: I’m so busy, too tired, no one cares, PMS, ________insert your excuse here.
EXCUSE ME!!!!! (as so eloquently stated by comedian Steve Martin). The handing down of grandma’s recipes, china, crystal, & linens may seem to be a nostalgic and romantic ritual from long ago, when actually they are a part of your roots and memories of your youth. What a beautiful opportunity to express to your kids the who, what, when, why, & how of celebrating memories of your past. Take a walk down memory lane. Teach your tots what you did as a kid. Why it’s important to keep this celebration alive in your family. How to set a table, bring up the chairs from the basement, & select a pray to say for grace.
Sure, it’s work, but nothing worth saving doesn’t require work. Don’t let the culture tell you that traditions are outdated & you shouldn’t waste your time to carry them on. Companies are banking on you giving up on slowing down. Big tech is counting on you to text or phone in your order. Don’t compromise on your ancestors legacy. Don’t throw in the towel and implement one of those above listed excuses. Don’t be the one to break the chain that keeps your family memories and traditions alive and well for another generation. Carry on……..be a Traditionalist! Grandma will be smiling when you do:)) and yes in the long run it’s worth it.