Thursday, April 1, 2010

Question of the Week....

Thursday, April 1, 2010....



I've decided to make Thursdays my "Question of the Week" day because I always have questions and am always interested in people's answers.


This Week's Question: Does your family have a tradition that should have died years ago?

My family has an annual Easter egg hunt AND I will be the youngest one participating this year.

For many years we kept the tradition going so my nephew could have one. Ummm....he's 23 and you think my family would stop....NO WAY.

We're a competitive family and there is honor in winning the egg hunt and first prize winner gets $5 whole dollars!!!

I'd like to say we respect one another, but if you're slowly picking up some eggs we turn into a WWE wrestler and shove, trip and push the other person out of the way to work the area.

It's wrong. I know this (really wrong because we've managed to suck spouses into the game). We all know this, but a WIN IS A WIN!

26 comments:

Charlie's said...

Long live the competitive spirit, I say. I wouldn't turn down $5 whole dollars! Our tradition is to get very tipsy on New Year's Eve and disturb the whole of Belgium with very bad karaoke singing... we have great fun, but our singing can actually make human ears bleed.

Brian Miller said...

eating pig brains at thanksgiving...

Adrienne said...

This is hilarious...My family has no traditions like this but the thing we do that drives me nuts is each year they rotate the house of Thanksgiving dinner and still insist on going to my mom's she lives in a 900 square foot house with 2 bedrooms and 1 bath and some of them think they can stay over night....gees there is barely room for her and my 2 brothers who still live there let lone 30 other people and some overnighters

Dan said...

I don't know about ones we should have dropped, but how about ones that should be revived?

For a drop, I'll put in Santa arriving by antique fire truck on Christmas Eve. The youngest in attendance are in middle/high school now and certainly don't believe in Santa.

I guess we keep doing it so that in a few years it will be there for the next generation. After all, I can remember when I was a tyke and Santa came to great grandpa's. So in my life I've seen it go from great grandpa to grandpa to mom and dad to here. With all the cousins, etc. we still get 30+ despite no little ones. Nothing like the 100+ at great grandpa's, but then families are smaller and more dispersed now.

BeckEye said...

We still gather around the kitchen table and sing "Happy Birthday," complete with cake and ice cream, for all my siblings. My oldest brother is 51. We really shouldn't be doing this anymore.

Mandy's Kidding said...

We used to have a neighbor who would call all of us on our birthdays and screech an out-of-tune tone-deaf version of "Happy Birthday" into the phone at us.

Now we all do it to each other.

The recipient gets a busted ear drum, but the deliverer gets to cackle uproariously on the other end.

Salt said...

Good luck and I hope you win! We still do egg hunts for the kids. I always end up hiding the eggs but the reality of the situation is that I wish someone else would do it so I could participate. Even if I were older than everyone else by 18 years. I would give them a head start and everything.

ModernMom said...

Ours is aptly named "The Box of Crap" It used to be a nice box of little goodies exchanged a Christmas between my parents and myself and sister. (in place of the stocking)Nice things like wine, chocolates, picture frames, bubble bath some how morphed into joke underwear, jams no body wants, garage sale finds. Sigh. It's enough! (but it is kinda of funny)

Erin P said...

Very funny story, and I love the other comments, too... I can't think of a tradition but then again my family never had much of that to begin with...on the other hand, I can think of several that my ex insists on upholding which should have died when he turned 12. I think some people live on traditions (which kind of build upon themselves until they're ridiculous) and some never really get it. I'll check back if I can come up with one of mine!

Ally said...

My family doesn't have traditions, but my Mother in Law does. So many too... this one my mom actually finds offensive as we were raised Catholic...

Good Friday means hot dog night. Every Good Friday his mom asks him to take her to this town where she grew up - about 30 minutes from where we live and take her for a hot dog. Lame!

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Green-Eyed Momster said...

I don't think we have any weird traditions because we don't have much extended family.

Hope you have a great Easter and weekend!

Hugs!!

otin said...

I guess to have a family tradition, I would first need a traditional family! LOL

Jaime said...

my grandfather would hide the affikomen every year in the exact same place during passover...it's going to be very weird doing our seder this year without him.

McGillicutty said...

Oh Lord that's hilarious!!!! Our family swaps names at Thanksgiving for the Christmas present drawing. It's getting really silly, there's always someone left out because someone brought a girlfriend or boyfriend to Thanksgiving and they broke up before Christmas!!!!

Sunshine Mama said...

UNBELIEVABLE!!! I am just sitting here laughing. That is so funny.

So, who hides the eggs?

We actually have a new tradition, but I like it. every few months we get together and celebrate the say for example...the March/April birthdays for both children AND adults. So, I think for the August/September gig there are a dozen birthdays to celebrate...complete with gifts, cake for each person and of course the "Happy Birthday" song. By the tenth time of singing it...I'm usually dying laughing.

Alyssa said...

I don't I have heard of a few that should. I actually want to start some great traditions...still stuck on thinking about what to do.

Spot said...

The only tradition we have is that if nobody's coming to our house for Easter (every other year) we have spaghetti for dinner and go fishing all day.

We're rebels, what can I say?

♥Spot

Alexis AKA MOM said...

LOL I love it! You rock girl, push them down they are older and have a hard time getting up ... lol

DB said...

LMB you and Mr. LMB are going DOWN on Sunday!

KLo said...

Haha, that's fantastic :-)

My family has, over the course of five to ten years, become very distanced from each other (both literally and figuratively). I actually miss our little traditions that I used to find so tiresome.

Thanks for reminding me of how important they are ... I think I'll make some phone calls, organize an Easter egg hunt this weekend ;)

Ellen said...

Ha, I can't think of anything. However, my brother, sister and I used to cram into the same bed every year on Christmas Eve. We don't anymore (hello, I'm 29!), but let's just say we carried on the traditiong A LOT longer than we should have! But hey, we're triplets...

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Little Ms Blogger said...

Charlie – Hmmm…I like ‘competitve spirit’, sounds better than blood sport! About the singing, you have very lucky neighbors…

Brian – LOL. Nice. Do you feel smarter afterwards?

Adrienne – Hmmm…sounds like your mom runs a hostel 1 day of the year…. Me, I have a tiny house too and that helps deter overnight guests.

Dan - You can’t drop the Santa gig. It’d be considered bad karma and I know as an adult, I love seeing that kind of stuff to remind me of childhood.

BeckEye – We’re doing that tomorrow for my dad who turns 88, but told him that we weren’t putting 88 candles on the cake (I don’t think it’s possible).

Mandy’s Kidding – Oh I love this tradition and might just steal it!

Salt – Exactly! It is fun if chocolate eggs because you don’t feel guilty if you don’t find them all.

ModernMom – that actually sounds fun. Our family has a similar tradition – crappy Chinese grabbag and there is a sense of pride in the person who gives the worst gift.

Erin P – I bet you have a tradition that has nothing to do with holidays, but more a ritual and you probably don’t even know it.

Ally – Oh that is just wrong! You can’t have hot dogs on Good Friday if you’re a practicing Catholic (or a Catholic that wants to practice, but doesn’t go to church). Although, any other time YUMBO. I do love a good hot. However, that is a rather bizarre tradition.

Green-Eyed – There are only 4 of us participating….

Otin – LOL….Maybe –

Jaime - Has someone picked up this tradition? They should, but not reveal who they are.

McGillicutty – We swap immediately after opening gifts (hmmm…I wonder, did we draw this year?) We only include husbands, but one year, two of us (me & sister) had to drop husbands out of grabbag as we were both going through divorces. (hmmm. Never really thought about how our divorces were 2 weeks apart from one another – that’s a bad family tradition).

Sunshine Mama – My 88 year old father hides the eggs. I love your tradition, however, everyone gets their own cake? Wow, that’s a lot of sugar, but have to admit I shared my birthday cake for many years with my mom so I’d demand my own.

Alyssa – Whatever you choose make sure, it’s easy and fun. My ex mother-in-law grew up in a house where Santa not only brought the gifts, but a fully decorated tree. This was fine because she was the only child for 8 years and then ‘poof’ a baby sister was born. My ex’s grandmother (wonderful woman – the one thing I miss in my divorce) warned me not to carry on this tradition.

Spot – This made me laugh, but I love it!

Alexis – Exactly! I love the way you think…

DB – Oh please, the girl who calls me up with excuses of why she’s going to lose on Sunday? Having a bad hair day does not inhibit your ability to find an egg.

KLo – I think you should and I hope you blog about it!

Ellen – That sounds fun – maybe it’s time for a new tradition.

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Mimi Lenox said...

That is a lovely tradition! I miss the old days when traditions meant more than they do now.

Joanna Jenkins said...

We don't have any weird traditions cuz, basically, we;re all weird in general :)

Happy weekend.
xo

Eternally Distracted said...

Even though I am 32, when I go home for Christmas we are still "not allowed in the lounge because Santa is still climbing out of the window"...!!