Our new Friday night family tradition


I’m a sucker for tradition. Especially a family tradition. It’s why we do our annual Christmas card. Our pj’s to church and Waffle House Christmas eve dinner. My yearly Spring Break trip with two of my best girlfriends and why my husband and I “try” to have a date night, just us, once a month. I looooove having traditions because I feel like it gives me something to look forward to.

girlsMy husband and I noticed that over the Summer on our weekends, we had a tendency to have dinner with the family and then our daughters would go off to watch their kids movie and then he and I would knock out a show on DVR or watch a movie. While I am all about doing that too, I felt like we were getting a little disconnected from doing something together as a family. So we decided to start doing Family Fun Movie Friday nights. We make homemade pizzas together, let the kids eat in the living room…I know, I know…we’re crazy like that and then we all enjoy a movie together while eating our homemade pizza!

So far we’ve only done it once…HA!, but tonight is going to be our second time. We are aiming for once a month or every other week. I thought I would share this new tradition idea with you for two reasons.

  1. I would love for YOU to share what are your family traditions.
  2. I would also love to know which family movies you recommend because I’m starting a list. Think…your own favorite childhood movies or just your favorite kid-friendly family movies.Nightmare Before Christmas

The first time we did Family Fun Movie Night we watched Nightmare Before Christmas together. Mostly because we were heading to Walt Disney World the following weekend and since we were dressing up as characters from Nightmare Before Christmas, we thought it would be a good refresher to watch one of our favorite movies together. We also thought it would help get us excited for our first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, not that we needed to be anymore excited. 😉

So what is your favorite family tradition AND what is a great family movie you would recommend for our list?

Happy weekend!

XO Surviving Mommy



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  • Alison says:

    Since we’ve moved down south we have been doing Christmas Eve breakfast at the Cracker Barrel. I would love to find a healthier yummier breakfast place but where we love it is the only place open on Christmas Eve that does breakfast. So it’s our tradition by default but we love it. “Breakfast at the Barrell”

    Movies we love Lego Movie, Star Wars, any sports movie, minion movies, and The Sandlot.

  • Annette says:

    My peanuts are college attending young adults now. But, when they were young, Saturday was always Family Movie night! I loved and cherished that family tradition! More importantly, so will they. We had other traditions, too. For example, grace before dinner and I asked 3 questions of them every night at dinner:
    1. What happened today?
    2. Who were you kind to/Who was kind to you?
    3. What’s going on in the world around you (current events)?
    GREAT post!
    Annette d. Giacomazzi
    Founder and Owner

  • ML says:

    Our best tradition is just this ONE question every night at the dinner table…. ” what was the best part of your day today?”

    We’ve been doing it for years and years and as my older kids enter their preteen years the answers start to become more like “P.E.”, or “lunch”! But every now and again I’ll get one like my 6-year old daughter last night who said ” I went on the playground up to a girl who looked like she didn’t have any friends and started talking to her”.

    Some little traditions are actually pretty big….

  • Hope says:

    We have Saturday Night Dinner & a Movie Night !! It’s just Dave & me – so we get something yummy for dinner, a little wine & the only requirement is a comedy – we love to laugh! No suggestions for a family type movie – the last movie we watched was “Dirty Grandpa” with Robert DeNiro & Zac Efron **LOL**

  • Mary Beth says:

    I love this family tradition! We did this with our kids when they were younger. We would set up a small concession stand where they could use play money to buy popcorn, candy and a drink. I even had tickets they could use to get into the movie. We took turns on who could pick the movie! I love that you have so many good family traditions! It definitely gets harder to get all together as they get older! Take advantage of doing it while they are young!

  • Tammy says:

    We do homemade pizza family movie night every Friday night! The boys look forward to it.

    There are so many movies to choose from…the Nanny McPhee movies, the Dolphin Tale movies, Aliens in the Attic, Wizard of Oz, The Parent Trap, Mercy Rule…etc. Lately we’ve been watching a lot of older 80s family movies like ET and Back to the Future.

  • Michele says:

    I first want to say that a family movie night is a great idea. When my kids were younger and still lived at home( I still have one adult child here) we would have dinner and a movie every Friday night. We did have meals together all the other nights but Friday’s were less hectic and yes, we also ate in front of the tv. Sad to say as the kids got older the family movie nights became fewer and fewer. No they are non-existent. Enjoy it while you can and make it last as long as you can! My kids were always into action adventure or comedies so they got to choose the movie. I miss those days.

  • Kathy says:

    Hey Cindy,

    We used to make Fridays family movie night, choose a movie and then make something that you would associate with the movie. For example, we would watch King Fu Panda and order or make Chinese. It was a ton of fun!!!

  • Sherry Fram says:

    My daughter & her family do their Friday night on Saturday as her husband has to work on Friday nights. They all five pile up in her bed & watch movies after they eat homemade pizza. Occasionally Nana (me) gets invited for pizza!

  • Blair says:

    We love all Disney movies! Some older ones we enjoyed were Dunston Checks In, Blank Check, and for this time of year definitely Halloweentown.

  • Hope says:

    Cindy – actually my better half had a great suggestion & it’s a movie we love – “PRINCESS BRIDE” 🙂

  • Christina Gould says:

    We used to watch It’s a Wonderful Life every year when it came on TV, but I haven’t seen it offered on TV for years. Thanks for sharing!

  • Stephanie says:

    My daughter is a big fan of Tim Burton movies.

  • Terry Poage says:

    That is a good idea. When my kids were growing up we would put palettes on the floor and lay down and watch movies and eat junk food.

  • Linda Manns Linneman says:

    We love to have a family dinner each day where we can sit together, share our day and give God our thanks. We also like to have either family movie night once a week or game night. It is so important to spend as much family time as possible. Thank you so much for sharing this

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