This week, we will celebrate Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year. When Colin was just a baby, I remember being so excited about creating new family traditions as a family, entering this new phase in our lives where we would shake up our family routines and add fresh child-centric activities to a stale routine of family dinner -> attend synagogue -> family dinner.
Then we woke up in late September, realized we had an adorable blob of a four month old who wouldn’t notice in the least if we were doing crafts, baking special treats, or reading unique-to-the-holiday books. We dragged C along with our typical routines, meandered in our sleep-deprived state through the motions of the Jewish High Holidays, and resolved to make a better effort the next year. And of course, twelve months raced by and we found ourselves faced with a 16 month old who had a rigid nap schedule, an extremely early 6 pm bedtime and so much mobility that the idea of sitting still for a story or focusing long enough for a craft was so pie-in-the-sky that I laughed at the idea of doing anything to celebrate. We skipped the synagogue part, we skipped family dinner, we really skipped all of it.
So this year, we are resolving to do things a bit differently. First, we aren’t traveling home to Ohio this year for Rosh Hashanah, so the traditions automatically will be different. Plus at two-and-change, Colin is a ball of energy, but he’s able to focus long enough for a simple craft or baking project. Another bonus that comes with age is that his one nap routine is definitely conducive to going to synagogue as a family, and he’s starting to understand the concept of celebrating holidays (this kid would celebrate his birthday daily if it meant presents and cake…oy). Here are some of the things I’m hoping to incorporate into our new set of traditions:
1) Big family dinners. We rarely are able to sit and eat together as a family, because of Mr. C’s hectic work schedule. This year, I hope to sit around the table with no screens visible and eat a delicious dinner together. We’ll see if anyone else is around to join us for these dinners – our family isn’t local, but you never know if we’ll have friends around who want to share the fun. I’d like to have the kind of home where all feel welcome to join when they don’t have anywhere else to celebrate.