I was very excited when I received an email that goes to all the Sinclair ladies telling that we would be starting a series on traditions. I love traditions. I’m probably the most guilty for telling Mumsie after doing something once, “But we always do that!” Traditions make things special — gives you some specifics to look forward to.
I quickly responded to the email by writing: i want to write about birthday appreciation. it’s the best. and i’ll actually do it. i won’t forget & i won’t stop & then drop it. i promise.
So I’m here to not only show that I can complete projects now and then by posting here, but to tell you about one of my favorite things in the whole world: Birthday Appreciation.
It’s probably the simplest tradition you could ever come up. What does it require?
Two people at minimum — any number at max.
And words. This requires words. And it requires thought.
And this is how it works:
The family (whoever is present) gathers to celebrate a birthday. Somewhere along the line (before the meal, after the meal, before cake, after cake, before presents — whatever) we stop for a few minutes and everyone in the family — no matter your age — is asked to share something they appreciate about the birthday person. Little Jack-a-boo always mumbles something (usually what older brother Gabriel said) about how he appreciates that you play with him, read books, buy him candy while older siblings/parents share about different character qualities, different aspects of who you are, what you do, that bless them.
It has got to be the one thing that I hated so much when I was younger (I felt awkward receiving accolades and I felt awkward vocalizing love and appreciation towards others), but is one of my favorite things now. I love it because of the blessing it is… this speaking words of edification and words that will build up a loved one. And I love it because at a young age I was required to start speaking the awkward — purpose to encourage with my words. For some, like me, it doesn’t come naturally. But it’s a God thing.
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” — Ephesians 4:29