As I mentioned, over the past three years we've had to get creative on our budget to work through debt. We didn't have a lot of fancy snack foods (As it turns out, we've been healthier by making more food from stratch... another Almost On Purpose decision), so a big treat for the boys was to setup a cold-day picnic in the living room. We don't eat in the living room, so I've now realized that this was really special to them. I'd pop some popcorn on the stove and fill mugs of hot cocoa. Then, we'd snuggle on our blanket and enjoy our snack. To me, it was just snack time. It was an odd combination, but it worked.
Really?? I thought. We have so many other things now that go together better than popcorn and hot cocoa.
At that moment, I realized that we had created a tradition. What initially seemed like a best-ditch effort to give them a snack was really a magical moment for them. So much so, that they want to recreate this moment every time we have a cool day.