- Growing up, were there things you did with your family to mark the end of the week?
- If you were to create a new ritual, what kind of feelings would you want it to evoke—gratitude, relaxation, healing, letting go, something else?
- Are there any symbols that could help express your feelings or make it feel special, like lighting candles, making a collage with things you’ve collected over the week, putting on dancing music, singing, reading a poem, eating a particular dessert?
- How long do you think it should last and how will it end?
The answers I’ve gotten have been varied and fun. Now the Family Dinner Project has created some rituals for summer weekends you might like to try.
Every Friday night, starting June 5, we’re going to be sharing a new family picnic idea: a summery dish like a Raggedy Ann salad; an easy dessert like banana boats; a game, like dink, dink, dunk (yes, it involves getting wet); and a playful conversation (what day in your life would you like to do over and over?).
If your family prefers a terrific weekend breakfast ritual to remind you to have a more leisurely start to the day, we’ve got those too. Every weekend this summer we’ll be offering new breakfast rituals: Stay tuned for recipes like overnight oatmeal and savory mug cakes that each family member can customize, and activities to jumpstart the day like morning yoga poses and origami love notes.
Something tells me that as this pandemic grinds on, we’re going to want both our old trusty rituals as well as a few, fresh, light-hearted ones. We hope you’ll join us for summer picnics and family breakfasts and make these new rituals part of your family life.