“My gift is my song, and this one’s for you.”

I wouldn’t claim to be the best person at establishing traditions, well at least cute ones. I don’t make my kids eggs green on St. Patrick’s day (in fact, I kind of try to avoid artificial dyes). I don’t get dressed up all fun with my kids on Halloween. I do love to celebrate Christmas and a few other holidays, but not in a Martha Stewart sort of way. Well without going on and on, you all get the idea…I’m kind of lame with holidays.

We did start one tradition when Sofia was born that has really been meaningful to our kids. When each kid has been born, we have given them a song of their very own. I guess the songs are not their very own since we didn’t write them, but our kids pretty much think we wrote them… they are that happy about having their own personal song. For Sofia we chose, “Isn’t she lovely” by Stevie Wonder. For Gabe we chose “Beautiful Boy” by¬† John Lennon. For Miriam we chose “Your Song” by Elton John, but we use the Moulin Rouge version rather than the original.

When our kids hear their songs come on in the car, their faces beam. Miriam hears her song, and says, “Mommy, this is my song. It not Sofia’s song. It not Gabe’s song…” Gabe did mention the other day that he thinks that Miriam’s song is cooler than his, and we told him that he can choose his own anthem song for himself, but he can’t change the song we picked for him :).

Anyways, if this isn’t something you do, you might consider it. It is a simple thing that has made each of our kids feel special and important. When we try to explain to our kids that not all families have this tradition, they look shocked like “You mean…not all kids don’t have their own song?” Gasp! What are family traditions that you have started or continued in your family? I would love to hear even your most simple ideas!

Rachel - May 6, 2013 - 10:32 pm

I’m looking forward to the responses here. I have been feeling badly about our lack of traditions. I want to figure out a few things that “we do.” Even if it is just that we make pancakes every Saturday morning, I want to do something!

Adrienne W - May 6, 2013 - 10:33 pm

Saturday night dance parties and family movie “picnics”!

Tricia L. - May 6, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Hi Kara!

I got here from Chris’ post on Facebook. Each of our four children have a special primary song that I sang to them often when they were babies. I still occasionally get asked by one of them to sing their song to them. It makes for some pretty sweet moments, which I do need cause there is four of them and they do drive me crazy!

Oh also, something super cute to share. We hold hands at night during family prayer. One night our youngest (age 2) asked to keep holding hands and play ring around the rosy after prayer was done. We’ve been doing that every night since.

kara - May 10, 2013 - 9:42 pm

I foreshadow maybe some awesome math nights as a family :)? You have so much love in your family, I just know something really good has to come out of that :).
I love it. I can’t wait to hear of all of the new traditions you start in Victoria!!
Your prayer tradition is precious. And it goes to show how although it is important to be thoughtful in creating traditions, some just evolve on their own.