This post is a compensated editorial partnership with The Family Dinner Project. All storytelling and opinions are, of course, my own.
As we go into the holidays one thing I want to remember to do among all the hustle and bustle is continue to sit down to dinner as a family. This year we are really working on creating our own holiday traditions as a family. But just as important are the small moments that happen, like sitting down together as a family for dinner.
Before I became a mom I thought these dinners would be Norman Rockwellish. The children would help me cook. We would all sit down together and discuss our days as we savored our food. In reality, it’s more like a combo of a fast food restaurant (the family is done with my home cooking in less time than most people spend ordering at McD) and amateur night (the girls are REALLY into knock knock jokes.)
But I still know it’s making a difference in our connection. Even if it’s fifteen minutes a day, we are all together and focused on each other. That focus is why I am happy to be spreading the word about the Family Dinner Project. The Family Dinner Project’s mission is to inspire families to enjoy food, fun, and conversation together. It’s about returning to a simpler and more meaningful way of being.
The Family Dinner Project is honoring Giving Tuesday (December 2) and the holiday
season in general by inspiring dinner-oriented acts of giving. Between December 2-16, join us to kick off #familydinnerforward, an initiative (and fun contest!) to inspire families to give – within the family to one another and/or to those outside the family.
To participate in Family Dinner Forward, simply snap a dinner/giving-related photo and
share it via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #familydinnerforward. You can share
as many photos as you like and all photos tagged on Twitter or Instagram with #familydinnerforward between December 2-16 will be entered to win prizes from Lenox! Two winners will be drawn at random and will receive four 4-piece plate settings of the Lenox Entertain 365 pattern of their choice (estimated value of $344-400 depending on pattern chosen.) This contest is US entrants only.
Here are some examples of dinner-oriented acts of giving to get you started...
o Cook (or buy) a meal for a neighbor or someone in need
o Invite someone for family dinner
o Collect and donate food items to a food pantry
o Help deliver meals via a community organization
o Cook a meal together at home, where everyone has a job (this is a gift to the
person who primarily does the cooking!)
o Give the gift of meaningful conversation, check out the conversation starters at
http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/giving-tuesday if you need some startes
o Talk about giving during family dinner