Morning Rituals


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Morning rituals can be soothing, like a cup of coffee. They can be energizing, like a sunrise yoga session or a morning run. They can be loving, like my son tiptoeing into our bedroom to snuggle under the covers with mom and dad. They can be ordinary, like the bowl of cereal my kids eat every single day. And they can even be super, out-of-this-world scary... and fun.

One of my favorite annual events is the Halloween Breakfast that the kids' school puts on every year. If Halloween falls on a weekend, the breakfast is held on the Friday before Halloween; otherwise, it's held on Halloween morning. This is one day of the year when I don't need to poke and prod the kids to get out of bed. They're up with the sun, donning their costumes, spray-painting their hair, applying fake skeleton tattoos to their arms, painting scars on their cheeks, ponytailing their hair with fancy purple-and-black bows.

The whole school shows up in costume, from the tiniest kindergartener to the principal to the teachers' aides. Some parents show up in costume, some don't, but one thing that parents always show up with is a camera, because the sight of all these kids in costumes is too precious to miss. Kids run around and compare costumes, ham it up for the camera, gobble down a donut hole and gulp down some orange juice before rushing back out to greet more of their friends. They especially love seeing their teachers in costume

On ordinary days, when the school bell rings it's time to get into the classroom, but at the Halloween Breakfast the fun has just started. The whole school lines up for a costume parade than takes them through the school corridors, which are flanked with parents armed with cameras, like a bunch of paparazzi. The whole school forms a gigantic circle on the field and the principal calls out groups of kids to take a bow, i.e. all the princess characters, all the skeletons, all the superheroes, etc... It's a small, simple touch to make each child feel like people are admiring his or her costume and telling each other how great it looks. Afterwards, the kids go back to their classes and have a Halloween party (with all that excitement and all that sugar, I doubt if too much studying goes on!). The Halloween Breakfast is one morning tradition that our family never misses, and it's one of the reasons why Halloween is my favorite holiday!

Do you have a yearly morning tradition that your family participates in?

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92 comments, leave yours here:

Mami2jcn on October 26, 2010 at 8:53 AM said...

We grab granola bars.

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meeyeehere on October 26, 2010 at 1:51 PM said...

We go for the Yogurt!!!Thats a great quick grab but it does not last long enough,I get really hungry by lunch
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meeyeehere on October 26, 2010 at 1:52 PM said...

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Haven on October 26, 2010 at 3:55 PM said...

We always have banana pancakes :)

Haven on October 26, 2010 at 3:55 PM said...

I tweeted

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Tammigirl on October 26, 2010 at 6:26 PM said...

I actually read your post. I feel sad to say we don't have a big yearly morning tradition. The closest we come is Christmas, I guess. I like to make orange rolls. My mom will bring around biscuits, eggs, and sausage. Yay mom!

Tabathia on October 26, 2010 at 7:01 PM said...

My fav go to breakfast is the breakfast cereal bar or chocolate chip muffin and yearly morning tradition on thanksgiving we watch the thanksgiving (macys) parade and eat turkey and talk
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Tabathia on October 26, 2010 at 7:02 PM said...

tweet'
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Anonymous said...

Not yearly, but on Saturdays we do have family breakfasts because there is no rush to get out of the house.

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

We don’t have a special tradition for breakfast only on Saturdays when our schedule is relaxed and less rigid we enjoy french toast, scrambled eggs or cheese grits! :-)

~eunice b
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Heather on October 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM said...

I make up large batches of crepes and put them in the freezer. When time is short I pull them out heat them up and cut up some fresh fruit and add whip cream on the top! Yum!

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Heather on October 27, 2010 at 1:13 PM said...

Tweet!
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Katy on October 27, 2010 at 2:15 PM said...

We like muffins or yogurts!

Xandra said...

I try to make a quick-bread or coffeecake every couple of weeks which we always really enjoy. I would do it once a week but we'd get huge!

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tattgiff on October 27, 2010 at 8:42 PM said...

We like the lean cuisinee applewood bacon pockets,
they are fast and easy when we want o "hot" breakfast. fast.
We have a special Christmas morning strata
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Eileen on October 27, 2010 at 11:02 PM said...

Normally we dont have big traditional breakfasts...we grab cereal, bagels & peanutbutter or rice cakes with same. fruit. the only traditional breakfast we have is on Christmas morning!
After gift opening on Christmas morning, we make heart shaped waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, baked omelets, sweet rolls, and breakfast meats. then we dive into the homemade holiday treat trays! the kids love to help with the waffles!

thanks so much!

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Eileen on October 27, 2010 at 11:05 PM said...

tweeted this!

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Kristi on October 28, 2010 at 6:15 AM said...

Our favorite go-to breakfasts is Granola bars, Pop-tarts, or Nutri-Grain bars. We try for granola or the bars first...but sometimes...a pop-tart is what is picked! Fast, nutritious, and easy clean-up!

The Sunshyn on October 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM said...

My favorite go-to breakfast when in a rush is a bowl of cold cereal or a breakfast bar and banana to go, depending upon whether there's time to even sit down.
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The Sunshyn on October 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/29014720670

jakiesmom on October 28, 2010 at 5:17 PM said...

granola bars
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hendy on October 28, 2010 at 10:29 PM said...

My favorite go to breakfast is either pop tarts or South Beach Diet PB meal replacement bars.
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hendy on October 28, 2010 at 10:30 PM said...

tweeted
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shala_darkstone on October 29, 2010 at 4:24 AM said...

Hi, my favorite go-to breakfast is a banana and granola bar. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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shala_darkstone on October 29, 2010 at 4:24 AM said...

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Darcy on October 29, 2010 at 7:20 AM said...

Christmas morning always means quiche and homemade cinnamon rolls at our house - and I look forward to the tradition!

The Fam on October 29, 2010 at 10:59 AM said...

Cereal! And sometimes in the car!

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Kelly Massman on October 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM said...

Don't have any yearly special traditions, but we usually have special breakfast days on the weekend with pancakes, bacon and eggs! :-) That is also the only time I allow myself the treat of having coffee! Thanks! kmassman gmail

sunnymum on October 29, 2010 at 6:12 PM said...

We don't have any special breakfast traditions in our family, but hopefully, we'll be able to start some this year. I think we'll be making pumpkin pancakes with choco-jack-o-lantern faces for Sunday's breakfast.
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sunnymum on October 29, 2010 at 6:13 PM said...

Also tweeted: http://twitter.com/sunnymum/status/29140364654

sodahoney on October 29, 2010 at 7:03 PM said...

Hot or cold cereal plus a piece of fruit to go is the best.

sodahoney on October 29, 2010 at 7:04 PM said...

http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/29144319165

Tracy R on October 29, 2010 at 7:08 PM said...

A bowl of Raisin Bran Extra!

Racingjourno on October 29, 2010 at 7:45 PM said...

Weekends and holidays are for bacon and eggs after healthy weekday breakfasts.

Racingjourno on October 29, 2010 at 7:47 PM said...

Tweet
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Susan on October 29, 2010 at 8:26 PM said...

My favorite in a rush breakfast is a breakfast bar.

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Janice said...

my fav to-go food is muffins :)

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Janice said...

tweeted:
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Doodle741 on October 29, 2010 at 8:31 PM said...

Our Christmas morning tradition is Sour Dough pancakes!! I *L-O-V-E* them! I have the starter, but I am horrible about making them for myself and my family – so Christmas Eve Mom preps the batter and then Christmas morning she makes them! YUMMO!!

Thanks for the chance!


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Doodle741 on October 29, 2010 at 8:37 PM said...

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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach on October 30, 2010 at 5:22 AM said...

Our go to food is cereal or cinnamon toast...

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Anonymous said...

Cereal, sometimes dry, on my way to work.
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Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach on October 30, 2010 at 7:51 AM said...

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Jennifer on October 30, 2010 at 8:48 AM said...

We usually eat a bowl of cereal or grab poptarts if we are in a hurry!

susan1215 on October 30, 2010 at 8:50 AM said...

Bagels and cream cheese or yogurt

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susan1215 on October 30, 2010 at 8:51 AM said...

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Deb on October 30, 2010 at 12:47 PM said...

Christmas morning is the certainly my favorite morning. My kids are early morning risers, and Christmas morning is no different. They are up usually at about 6am. We watch them open all their presents while my husband and I drink our coffee. The stash of new toys keeps them busy while I start cooking breakfast. Our tradition is french toast (made with my mother's homemade Challah bread), bacon, eggs, and homemade home fries. We feast and it usually keeps us full and satisfied until Christmas dinner is ready!

LAMusing on October 30, 2010 at 3:14 PM said...

New Years morning we always go out to eat!
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LAMusing on October 30, 2010 at 3:15 PM said...

Easter is always ham and eggs, OJ, and warm cinnamon rolls :)
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LAMusing on October 30, 2010 at 3:21 PM said...

tweet!
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Betty C on October 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM said...

We don't have any special morning traditions or routines. With 5 children behaving like they are already on a sugar high it was just enough to keep them from killing each other before Christmas gifts were opened. After the gifts I always liked to make refrigerated cinnamon rolls because they were quick and always tasted great.

Betty C on October 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM said...

Tweet - http://twitter.com/willitara/status/29228268602

Deb K on October 30, 2010 at 6:04 PM said...

We grab a pop tart!

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ape2016 on October 31, 2010 at 5:56 AM said...

Holiday breakfasts I make homemade waffles and we have orange juice (we don't usually have it around for regular breakfast, because the kids drink it all as soon as it is bought).
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marcia goss on October 31, 2010 at 6:38 AM said...

When I'm in a rush, I usually have coffee, yogurt, and maybe an English muffin.
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marcia goss on October 31, 2010 at 6:40 AM said...

Tweet.
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marybug2 on October 31, 2010 at 9:23 AM said...

My favorite is Frosted Mini Wheats
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marybug2 on October 31, 2010 at 9:28 AM said...

I tweeted your giveaway
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Anonymous said...

Bananas and yogurt! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Jessica on October 31, 2010 at 12:16 PM said...

My favorite go to quick breakfast is usually either a granola bar from my purse or a muffin from Starbucks. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Jessica on October 31, 2010 at 12:18 PM said...

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gmissycat on October 31, 2010 at 1:38 PM said...

In a rush I grab a banana and a granola bar, love them!
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gmissycat on October 31, 2010 at 1:39 PM said...

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Betty N on October 31, 2010 at 2:26 PM said...
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Betty N on October 31, 2010 at 2:28 PM said...

My go to breakfast is always cereal with skim milk

Betty N on October 31, 2010 at 2:31 PM said...

tweet
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Wander on October 31, 2010 at 3:01 PM said...

We make monkey bread on holiday mornings. Our family loves it!

ms-texas on October 31, 2010 at 3:56 PM said...

favorite go to breakfast in a rush is cereal or poptarts

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ms-texas on October 31, 2010 at 3:57 PM said...

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Kerry on October 31, 2010 at 7:12 PM said...

I usually make the breakfast casserole that you let set overnight with the eggs and bread in it. It’s so easy to pop in the oven in the morning and that gives me more time to spend with the family!
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Kerry on October 31, 2010 at 7:13 PM said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/29333536520
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Champagne Wisdom on October 31, 2010 at 7:31 PM said...

Definitely cereal - unless we're out of milk, then pop tarts - haha! :)

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PauleyD on November 1, 2010 at 10:33 AM said...

When we're in a rush, we have cereal bars or pop tarts.

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PauleyD on November 1, 2010 at 10:35 AM said...

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JJ on November 1, 2010 at 12:06 PM said...

We grab granola bars or cereal

JJ on November 1, 2010 at 12:06 PM said...

Tweeted
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Eve on November 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM said...

I eat a cereal bar and drink a bottle of juice when Im in a hurry

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Eve on November 1, 2010 at 12:09 PM said...

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Scott on November 1, 2010 at 12:30 PM said...

during the fall and winter months, its very common to find pumpkin bread or cake or donuts on the table!
Scott
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Scott on November 1, 2010 at 12:30 PM said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/29399609093
Scott
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angie lilly on November 1, 2010 at 1:05 PM said...

For us its all about pumpkin and apples this time of year. Pumpkin pancakes and fried apples, apple and pumpkin bread or butter…mmmmm
Angie
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angie lilly on November 1, 2010 at 1:05 PM said...

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Kathleen on November 1, 2010 at 1:33 PM said...

My favorite go-to breakfast is cereal. It is fast and easy and contains lots of vitamins.

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Kathleen on November 1, 2010 at 1:34 PM said...

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Tweeted

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KaHolly on November 1, 2010 at 3:06 PM said...

Holidays and Sunday mornings are always a special morning. We have a big breakfast that varies from week to week as we each take turns picking our favorites! Now that we are older, we all take turns preparing the meal. We turn off the telephone, gather as a family, and share our stories, joke around, and spend quality time together.

jillyrh on November 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM said...

We always have sliced beef gravy with biscuits before we open any presents on Christmas morning.

jillyrh on November 1, 2010 at 3:29 PM said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/jillyrh/status/29412089204

thanks!

CherylS22 on November 1, 2010 at 3:38 PM said...

When in a rush, we grab granola or other breakfast bars. Thanks for the giveaway!
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bdiane34 on November 1, 2010 at 4:06 PM said...

We have special bday days where they get to choose where they go to eat.
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bdiane34 on November 1, 2010 at 4:07 PM said...

I tweeted
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http://twitter.com/bdiane34/status/29415028448

Bonggamom on November 10, 2010 at 8:52 AM said...

Congratulations to the winner: #31, sunnymum!

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