We have this little tradition in our house. When we are having a fancy family dinner for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter, Birthdays, etc., we let everyone have sparkling grape juice out of real wine or champagne glasses. We started the tradition a few years ago without a real thought about where it would lead us.
Fast forward to present day. It is now a nightly tradition. Ethan takes it upon himself to make sure that a dinner does not pass us by without us doing a “cheers”. And, we have a big table. But, that does not stop him. Sean and I have to make sure that everyone’s cup touches everyone’s cup. If someone has not “cheered”, Ethan will notice, get up, and go to that person or insist that they come to him.
We love it. It kind of just started out slowly and has progressed into this wonderful thing that everyone enjoys each night. Sometimes Ethan will even do it when we are not at home. I am sure that other people wonder what we are doing. Just having a proper meal, of course.
I am thankful for the little things. I am thankful that what started out as something little done to celebrate something big has now turned into something big to celebrate something little. I love that we are able to sit back each night, whether we are having a fancy meal or simple grilled cheese sandwiches, and reflect on the day, our family, and the joy that comes with celebrating life, through the eyes of our children.