Make The Most Of Family Celebrations – Day 118

September 27, 2010 1 Comment


365 Days to a Balanced Life Journey – Day 118


Quote of the Day

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey

Yesterday we celebrated my daughter Kali’s 15th birthday by having a family dinner.  Our family dinners include the “step” relations on each side (plus the current girlfriend/boyfriend of the older siblings) so they tend to be far more civilized than my unruly family celebrations growing up.

Several years ago when my children were young I incorporated a “family tradition” into our birthday celebrations.  We go around the table and each person says what they admire about the “birthday boy/girl”.  You can imagine the resistance I have encountered over the years as the children were growing but I would not waver.  One year my then surly teen son refused to come up with something for his sister so he just said “ditto” to the previous comments.  So as you would expect on his birthday that is exactly what he got from his sister, “ditto”.  Still I did not budge.  I insisted that we keep this tradition.  Even yesterday Kali pleaded with me on the way to the restaurant not to do it this year.  I stood firm.  As usual I was rewarded last night as I looked at her face when each person told her in their words how special she is to them and it reinforced why I continue to fight the masses on this issue.

How often do we take the time to sincerely tell our family members what we admire about them?  Personally, it would have meant a lot to me growing up to know what my family liked about me (I certainly knew what they didn’t like!).  I highly recommend this to all families as a way of connecting to each other and making these family celebrations a little more special.  Ignore the resistance they will thank you for it when they are older.

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