Once upon a time, our world was not a hustling and busy place on Sundays. Sundays were a day of rest, a day unlike any other. Stores were required to be closed. Families came together after a long week, shared a meal together, and made connections with one another. It was a tradition that many followed: dress in your best clothes, go to church as a family, return to someone's house for a meal (a really good meal cooked by mom!), and enjoying the afternoon relaxing and sharing. It's a homesteading tradition that has been practiced for years by those who love simple living, and honor that day of rest. So where did it go?
Living in the Fast Lane
Fast forward to today and times have changed. Sundays are now viewed as one of two days off of work, which means it's a day to get things done. Others are working on Sundays- stores no longer are closed, nor are restaurants, movie theaters, or other establishments. The Sunday tradition has been pushed aside by other forms of entertainment. People go shopping. There are parties to attend. Teenagers go out with their friends to the movies. People catch up on Netflix shows they were too busy to watch during the week. There are better things to do on a Sunday than sit around at home....aren't there?
Bringing Back the Tradition
Soon after our son was born, we found that in our family this tradition began whispering, calling us to return to the simple ways of the past. Our church that we attend is in the same township as where my parents live, about a 25 minute drive from our current house. My mom would often say, "Well, why don't you just come over for lunch since you're already up here anyway." We eagerly obliged- my mom's cooking is something that you don't want to miss out on! Soon, my brother, who had just graduated from college and was beginning his career, and his then-fiance began to come too. My grandparents, who live just up the road on "the farm", would get a phone call from my mom saying that "the kids were home", and they would come over to visit as well. A simple tradition, an ancient tradition, returned to our fast paced world.
Today, Sundays are sacred to me. I am very insistent on making sure we go to my family's Sunday get-togethers. They are probably my favorite day of the whole week. It's here where we are able to laugh and play, my brother and I teasing each other in a way that only siblings can get away with. It is here where we get to watch my parents absolutely nail their role of being grandparents, giving our children all of the love (and treats) they could ever hope to get. It is here where we get to talk to Grandma and Grandpa and reminisce about the past. It is here where the cousins get to play and interact, laughing and enjoying their time together. It is here where we get to catch up with one another, to share about the hardships of our week, where we seek each other's advice and wisdom, where we laugh together, where we share sadness together, where we love together, where we are together. It is a time that is special. That is sacred. It is a time of renewal and growth.
We could easily fill our time on Sunday with other things, and sometimes things do come up. But most every Sunday, you will find my entire family gathered together, happily enjoying life with one another.
So today, I encourage you to bring back this tradition to your family. If you're wondering how you could make it work, here are a few tips...
How to Make the Sunday Dinner a Successful Tradition in Your Family
I hope you're inspired to start this tradition with your family if there's not one there already. Do you have your own family tradition? What other family traditions do you think had been celebrated in the past and should be brought back? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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