Top Article: Finding Fun in Food Traditions

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There are a lot of reasons that traditions are created. Some have just existed since... well, we don't know when, but we love them so we keep them. Sometimes new traditions find their way to us by accident and sometimes we go out looking for fun new ways to bring fun and meaning to our celebrations or everyday life. Recently we have started a few new traditions around our household. Some were intended to become "traditions" and some were just fun things that caught on.

In September I saw a cute idea on Pinterest and decided to treat my son to the "donut cake" on the morning of his birthday. I got some donuts, stacked them up, decorated them a little, and placed the plate on the table for when he woke up. The kids loved it (it was donuts so that goes without saying, right?)! A few months later I was listening to my boys talk about my younger sons plans for his upcoming birthday. He mentioned how excited he was for his donut cake breakfast.

The two went on to describe all the times they had been treated to this "surprise" before. In their minds this was something we had been doing for ages. When I told them that we had only done it for Noah's last birthday they both argued with me and they were totally convinced that this was a thing we regularly do. We laughed about it, but you can bet that when his birthday rolled around there was a stack of donuts on that table! Now it is something the kids look forward and talk about so I think we will make it a tradition. If you can't fill your tummy with donuts on your birthday, then when can you?

It is as simple as that - Try something, love it, do it again... and a tradition is born! Whether is it picking their special birthday dinner, donut cakes for breakfast, or our silly Valentine's Day family dinner it is fun to hear my kids talk about them with anticipation. They look forward to these silly little things and are happy to be a part of them each and every time.

Here are a few little ideas to try. You never know which ones you will love and want to make your latest tradition.

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