I am a fan of traditions, big small you got to love them all. My mom started a Valentines family dinner tradition over 25 years ago, that no fail always happens. It may not fall on February 14th but is always a dinner with family and full of entertainment. While we were younger we were allowed to bring a friend over and it was a genius way to keep 4 kids and their friends hanging around my parents’ house. If we had a date, the date for Valentines was at my parents and my mom even provided a box of chocolates, so it made our significant others lives rather simple…box of chocolates, eating by candlelight, delicious meal and no tipping necessary. There were years that not all of us were able to be sitting at the dinner table but we always called or face timed in to be a part.
Amongst the 4 of us kids and now grandchildren we provide our favorite dish ideas to my mom and she picks the menu. We always ate on our fine China and by candlelight. Since we have gotten older we have been a little lax on the using the China part but always use cloth napkins and still eat by candlelight. Campbell (7) is really into planning dinners and she loves to decorate. This year she was in charge of the table scape and napkin folding as well as the heart-shaped cheese platter. She is adamant about no one helping and leaving it just as she did it. This is hard for a type A mother who likes to fine tune things, but I am learning to “Let it Go”.
Guaranteed there will be some fighting, elbowing, complaining and over eating all followed by the celebrating we are all around one table and with each other. Even as adults the four of us kids still have the knack of picking on each other with love and I would not have it any other way. While the traditions may change a tad from year to year, it is always nice knowing your family is near.