Do you have any?

There is so much literature out there about the importance of families sitting down to have dinner together. The Raising Children Network talks about how routines are beneficial for families. And while some of it is the ‘dull but necessary’ kind of routines (read: chores, bedtime routines) I find the best kind of routine is when you’re not achieving anything per se….like chores and bedtime routines.

5 o'clock must mean dinner time
5 o’clock must mean dinner time

I mean chores and bedtime routines are fabulous and teach all kinds of things but I really enjoy the Saturday nights at our place.

It’s been often said that a family that shares the dinner meal together will be close and this is the time for everybody to connect and communicate and catch up with everyone’s day but even then it seems to me that the weekday dinner meal is a little bit rushed.  Dinner ends, plates need to be washed, homework finished, stuff needs to be done ad infinitum.

But Saturday nights at our place is the one night of the week where we are not on a time limit – bedtimes are relaxed for one thing. The whole family kicks back on the couch to watch a movie.  Our dinner meal, which we’ve nicknamed “Feast” is simply a whole bunch of finger food – breads, vegie sticks, baked fries, dips, cheese, olives….whatever. It’s the kind of meal where there is no time limit. You sit, talk, watch a movie, pick at the food in front of you, the couch is comfy and no-one leaves in a hurry.

Bruschetta is always a favourite at our place
Bruschetta is always a favourite at our place

It’s something we all look forward to. No-one bugs me about what will dinner be (that question drives me nuts sometimes), the question is what movie are we going to watch.  It keeps the kids talking and it genuinely is something we look forward to. And now the kids are older they help in preparing the “Feast”.

This Saturday night tradition wasn’t engineered in any way. We kind of just fell into it and it has stuck.

Do you have any traditions like that?



  • At 2015.05.31 23:35, Grace said:

    Having been to your place and met your family, I can just picture Saturday nights at yours. What a great tradition and even better that you all “fell into it” and have decided to keep it 🙂 x

    • At 2015.06.10 11:01, Maria said:

      Yeah it’s usually when you don’t ‘try’ to create something that it just seems to create itself.

      Love & stuff
      Mrs M

    • At 2015.06.09 23:58, Allison Tait said:

      Love the sound of your Saturday nights. We do dinner together whenever we can and we love a walk together. Walking and chatting. Love that!

      • At 2015.06.10 11:07, Maria said:

        Thanks Allison.

        Walking is awesome. We only tend to do it during summer because I become a bit of a sook during winter.

        Thanks for the visit and the comment.

        Love & stuff
        Mrs M

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