if you've been reading here for any length of time you've probably heard me talk about conference weekend + homemade spudnuts before, but (spoiler alert!) i'll probably keep talking about them because i believe in family traditions. be they simple or elaborate, big or small, silly or of a more serious nature--those things which we do consciously over and over again as families have value, bringing us together in a very real way and providing those shared experiences that, regularly and collectively, serve to strengthen our family bonds, create commonalities among (sometimes very different) family members, build understanding and familiarity across generations, and just generally bring an added level of richness and meaning to our lives.
i should say that i also believe in adapting our traditions as our families grow and evolve and our circumstances change, but for now--
sugary pastries twice a year it is!
p.s. for my LDS-curious friends. :) in case you are wondering, there is no theological connection between LDS general conference and fried foods with holes in them. it's just a random thing we do, although family-specific traditions regarding food and that weekend seem to be pretty common among us mormons. my sister's family makes ebelskivers (puffy danish pancakes) and my sister-in-law's in-laws (did you follow that?) have a tradtion they fondly refer to as Bacon Fest. ha!