A Gift of a Day -- Tradition Card Freebie

A Gift of a Day -- Tradition Card Freebie
A Gift of a Day -- Tradition Card Freebie
A Gift of a Day -- Tradition Card Freebie
A Gift of a Day -- Tradition Card Freebie
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Fewer things sound more delightful than spending a day doing exactly what we want, right?!! To our family, “The Gift of a Day” tradition reminds us that sometimes we need to put our obligations and our work aside and just BE. We need to spend time with our loved ones, in our favorite place doing our favorite things, completely relaxing and forgetting about the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. “The Gift of a Day” is about making the most of every moment and approaching all that you do with purpose and love. It's about keeping the people and activities we value the most in the forefront of our minds so that we don't get distracted by all those things that aren't important. It's about feeling the satisfaction of truly giving and appreciating life around us and not taking one single thing for granted.

I may not be able to be “SUPERMOM” every day of the year….but this tradition allows me to be just that for a least one day! LOL And when you stop to think about it… If you consider how the events of a single day have changed the course of history… maybe, just maybe, giving your child a “Gift of a Day” may just change their lives forever too!

So this is how it works in my family. During the first week of summer, we have each family member complete their own "perfect day" card. (We currently just have our kiddos fill them out…but every few years “we” {mom & dad} have filled them out too!) We have each person write down all of their favorite things, the things that they would love to experience packed in one day! We then store each member’s card in his/her envelope on their specially assigned page in our “Gift of a Day” memory book. This is just a small scrapbook that has an envelope glued to each page with a name on each. Nothing fancy….just simple and organized. {You could also just have a special envelope for each person that you keep in a pretty little storage box. The container doesn’t matter. It’s the memories that will!} During the summer, we commit one day to giving each family member the “Gift of a Day.” We secretly plan these days without our children’s knowledge and then surprise them on the morning of their special day by decorating their door and other places around the house with simple posters and balloons. Even though we have done this for over five years and the kiddos know their special days are coming, the look on their faces on their “Gift of a Day” mornings is priceless!

One of our favorite parts of this tradition is actually looking back in each of our envelopes at the past years’ “Gift of a Day” cards and photos. My kids get a big kick out of looking back at what they used to think was “the best thing ever” and giggling at those things! 
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