For a lot of people some of their best memories, or favorite traditions include the food that is always a part of that event. The word tradition can be interpreted as big or as small as you like, based off what it means to you and your family. Using certain foods, snacks, or meals, to mark a memory is also a nice way to create a generational celebration within your family. Something that the younger ones look forward to now, that they can uphold in the future when they are the adults, and another generation has been born.
Celebration does not have to pertain only to a major holiday or birthday, you can create a celebratory element of any day, for any reason that you want. Your house, your rules. Having said that, creating a tradition that happens on an otherwise regular day can feel particularly special because it is unique to your household and is not something you have to share with your village if you do not want to.
Meal delivery services or snack subscription boxes are a great way to create a reoccurring event that everyone looks forward to. With snack subscription boxes specifically, you will also get more mileage out of the excitement because the snacks can be spread out for as long a period as you like. You can get a mystery box full of only the tastiest, most delicious Korean snacks and candy delivered to your door every month. On delivery day maybe you unbox as a family and every gets to sample each snack. This is a great way to shake up an otherwise regular day in the life and is also an example of a tradition that you and your family can look forward to each month.
Another way to bring a food into your traditions is to mark a specific day with a specific food and repeat it as often as that day comes around. For example, if you have children, you could mark the first day of summer vacation each year with s’mores. S’mores are quintessential summer and almost every kid, and adult, loves this campfire treat. The history of the s’more is quite interesting and while your family may not be interested in a lesson each time they eat one, it is a nice collection of fun facts to have in your back pocket, or as conversation starters.
Even if you do not have children, you can still use this strategy to mark something special even if just for yourself. Maybe every payday you have the same dinner, something a little nicer than what you normally make. Or perhaps each time you hit a quarterly goal at work you allow yourself to eat lunch out if you are normally someone who brings their own from home. The possibilities are limitless and the beauty of this is you can design them however you want, there are no guidelines.
What you are eating off and with can be just as tradition invoking as what you are eating. Perhaps you have a special platter gifted to you by a loved one that always holds your fresh fruit, or maybe you have a special cocktail glass that you drink out of on your birthday. The lesson here is that it matters more that you are creating moments and memories that you love and look forward to, and less what they actually are. If this appeals to you do not stress about creating the perfect moment, often the best traditions pop up organically and without prompt.