I’m all about creating my own special traditions. I don’t know why, but I’ve kind of been in a mood to buck worldly standard and traditions lately; instead, creating my own. I mean, why do we have to do something or celebrate something just because the world says we do?
Take Mother’s Day for example. I love being celebrated. It’s good for my family to remember that they need to appreciate all that a mom does. But honestly – I love being celebrated more when it’s done out of their own initiative instead of forced. It means more to my heart. And I know that sometimes life gets busy and money gets tight.
In 2009 my husband and I decided to do something different. We decided to combine our Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts into one gift that we both could enjoy. No need to go buy a bunch of smaller stuff that maybe we don’t really want or can’t use. There are so many bigger items that we never seem to get around to buying or getting. So unless our girls had a big problem with it, that’s what we decided to do. (And they didn’t.)
We decided to buy a porch swing. I have always wanted one. Yet it wasn’t really reasonable to get one on top of mother’s day gifts and then father’s day gifts. So we decided to get a combo gift. I relished sitting in that swing for the very first time and it’s something that our whole family will enjoy.
We have done the same thing many times for our anniversary. Instead of buying each other something, we invest into our marriage, our home and life together by buying one bigger thing to share and enjoy in together. It makes sense and it feels good to know that we believe in our future.
Celebrating someone you love can be done in so many different ways. Do what works for you. I think you will find – as we did – that sometimes your way is so much more meaningful than how the rest of the world does something.