Monday, April 29, 2013
I think most of us have Sunday Traditions whether we know it or not. Sunday marks the end of the week, the end of the weekend, and the beginning to the next week. That's a big load all on Sunday. Some traditions may not be called tradition, but rather routine. Some go to Church, others watch sports, some cook a big family meal, others do lawn work/house work...the traditions and routines are limitless. Most likely though, what you do on Sunday to close the last week and begin the new week is probably the same week in and week out.
My family had a few Sunday Traditions when I was growing up. When we lived in Papua New Guinea we would go to village Church and then go home for a meal of tuna fish sandwiches and pringles. That was always a treat for us. Not so much the tuna sandwiches, but the pringles were looked forward to every week. They were a luxury we didn't normally get, except for on Sundays. I remember layering my pringles inside my sandwich so that when I took a bite of sandwich it would crunch. What a pleasure! After lunch my whole family would take a nap. It was mandatory, no one was allowed out of the Sunday nap. We'd each go to our own beds/bedrooms and lay down for 1-hour. That hour was sometimes the longest hour of the week, it was torture. When it rained though, the sound on the tin roof of our village house would knock us all out and we'd sleep for a few hours. Those Sunday traditions are some of the strongest childhood memories that I have.
Now that I am married with a family of my own (well, a husband and a dog) we have begun our own Sunday traditions. We are usually tired from the week and the weekend, so we do a simple dinner of popcorn and tapioca. (Healthy right?) Then we pile onto the couch and watch a movie.
We have started flavoring our popcorn with lime and garlic salt. Let me tell you, it is awesome! It is salty and tangy all rolled into one. Since we don't have a microwave, we cook our popcorn the old fashioned way over the stove. We don't add any butter, instead we toss the popcorn with a splash of olive oil, a few squirts of lime, and a good shake of garlic salt. It is perfect every time. This Sunday tradition is a fun relaxing one that I hope we will continue with our own kids one day.
What are your Sunday traditions? I'd love to hear how other people spend their Sundays, both now and when you were children.