I did not grow up with this awesome concept, but each week my husband’s family always had “Sunday dinners”. It is a tradition we have continued in our home, pretty well since our first child was born.
During the week, there is always lots happening and life feels somewhat rushed. Sometimes I will make dinner, sometimes my husband will make it, sometimes our daughter will make it but most often, we will all make it together. For us, and I think for many, life seems to take a deep breath, relax and slow down on Sundays.
I worked as a nurse for most of my life, so consequently I would often work weekends; but with few exceptions, we would always try to always maintain the Sunday ritual of coming together for dinner.
I love the idea of gathering in the kitchen to prepare a meal. Sometimes my husband plays guitar and sings, sometimes one, or both of the kids will join him, and sometimes we all sing! It is during this relaxed, slow time that we talk, reminisce, share stories, laugh, maybe listen to music, occasionally, during sad times we will shed some tears, but we always come together as a couple and as a family.
It really isn’t about the food; the food is just the vehicle in the slow moving Sunday dinner journey. We have everything from meatloaf to a full on turkey dinner and summer barbecues to roast beef with all the trimmings. But, even during times when it is just two of us, we always eat in the dining room, set the table with pretty placemats and cloth napkins, sometimes flowers or a seasonal arrangement and always candles.
For me, it has become my favourite family tradition and one I look forward to each week. Our son has moved away but he has continued the tradition in his own way, even though he lives alone, many Sundays he too prepares a big dinner, and he too looks forward to leftovers on Monday!
I am very interested in learning more about your “Sunday dinners” and would love your feedback on this subject:
- Growing up were Sunday dinners a tradition in your home?
- Have you continued or adopted this tradition for your family?
- Why do you think the tradition of Sunday dinners has all but disappeared from our lives?
- Do you feel we should strive to preserve this “slow food” experience?