By Sue Anganes
Do you have any unique family traditions? I’m talking about the ones that no one other than your own family members could even guess that you celebrate? We have two that fall in the month of February, and I’ll let you in on our family fun.
Our first event occurs on February 14th. No, it is not Valentine’s Day; everyone celebrates that. Quackie’s Birthday is on February 14th! Quackie was a Valentine’s Day gift to our son, Charlie, in 1994. He was a beautiful, golden-yellow, beanbag duck with a soft fluffy tuft of orange hair upon his sweet head. Today Quackie is an odd grayish color, with his fabric worn thin and a bald head. His eyes have been re-glued on numerous times, and at one point, one eye was missing for most of a year; finally turning up in a massive bedroom clean-up. Quackie has been lost on occasion, once spending a week at our chiropractor’s office (interning I think). We all rejoiced when we discovered he was not a run away. Quackie has a personality all of his own and is considered a family historic treasure.
Every year since 1994 we have had a birthday party for Quackie. The kids love to make gifts for him (a small archery set made from matchsticks was one of his many fine gifts over the years), and we always have some type of cake. One lazy year I just bought Little Debbie cakes.
I usually try to make a cake and get it decorated before Quackie tries to cut a piece for himself.
Quackie always blows out his own candles and then cuts the cake for everyone.
The fun we’ve had at Quackie’s parties surpasses all other parties combined.
Our second February tradition is Canadian National Beaver Day. Because my husband works with wildlife management, and also because he says the beaver is his “favorite aquatic rodent” we celebrate the last Friday of every February. We construct tiny beaver lodges with pretzels and chocolate frosting. We decorate both chocolate beavers (Yodels) and vanilla beavers (Twinkies).
This is a family event so everyone is supposed to attend. There were two family members who were not in attendance this year (Andrew and Amanda you know who they were); truly, there should not be an excuse for being absent. Being married and working for a living doesn‘t count!
Teddy worked hard on his creation.
My granddaughter, Amelia, did her best.
And little Elias just liked the crinkly wrapper on the Twinkie. I think he’ll be able to join in a little more next year!
We’ve been celebrating National Beaver day since 2009. Here is our first celebration.
I hope this has inspired you to have your own wacky traditions and make some happy memories!