Sunday, November 22, 2009

And I thought I had no traditions!

With Eid coming up it has occurred to me that I can stop complaining because I DO have Eid traditions even though I think I don't. Here they are in all thier glory:

1) The Eid "argument with my SIL about Eid activities" where I discuss the merits of "Amazing Jake's" as an appropriate Eid activity. You see, I came from a warm family time and holiday dinners background and an indoor amusement park just doesn't scream holidays to me... Not to mention it's EXPENSIVE when you have 4 kids.

2) The traditional "Denver or Laramie debate" where we decide whether or not to drive three hours to Colorado and when.

3) The ever enjoyable "rush to do all the laundry and clean the house" which is an international tradition enjoyed by all Muslimahs before Eid.

4) The traditional "What will the kids wear for Eid?" which usually means DH promising we will go to Ft Collins to shop until it is too late to do an internet order and I have to figure something out with what I already have as far as clothes.

5) My Eid "plan to cook more than humanly possible under the circumstances" where I make a menu that would require three of me to make and then shop for it, resulting in an overrun fridge and only part of my menu getting cooked.

6) The "get off your ass and get dressed for the Eid prayer" where I try to prod my DH who works nights and is usually just drifting off at that time to get dressed, shower and attend the Eid prayer with the family. I usually lose this battle and just end up making myself late.

So you see, I do have traditions! And I'm sure that just brushes the surface of the traditions I actually have! Ahhh, fun times my dears, fun times!


Aneesah said...

Your tradition sounds alot like my traditions. Here I was pondering which indoor theme park to take the kids to since this Eid falls during cool weather and outside ones are out of the question. If Im not late to the Eid prayer we miss it altogether. Then there are my half-assed attempts to decorate the house so my kids can get the spirit of our holiday. All in all I am happy we will be going to spend ramadan which falls in the summer this year in Egypt. So my four year old can finally get the spirit of this mysterious Eid.

Mona said...

Haha, We have a lot of the same traditions! ;)

Anonymous said...

Ah Umm Layla, I wish you were happy. You sound like a great girl!

Anonymous said...

A Lovely post!;-)
I hope You have a Great Eid!

Ummhana said...

Seriously! We have the same traditions just different geographical locations. Here's hoping you have a fantastic EID! :)

Anonymous said...

Aren't the holidays all over the globe-- time to rejoice ( freak out) and celebrate with family ( have one of'em arguments that end up having you not speak to a family member for twenty years)

Let's all sing out loud " el eid farha, ya salam!"

Happy thanksgiving, eid and what have you. *wink*