Here are six simple ideas for celebrating Labor Day. Even easy activities can become pleasant traditions for your family to share and remember.
Red, White, and Blue Breakfast
Our family celebrates Labor Day (and other patriotic holidays) with a red, white and blue meal. Our favorite is waffles, cream, strawberries and blueberries for a red, white, and blue breakfast.
Actually, we have enjoyed red, white, and blue waffles for lunch and dinner too. Or, vanilla ice cream and berries make a tasty red, white, and blue desert.
Take a few minutes to talk about Labor Day and how America was built by the work and sacrifice of many great men and women. Remind your children that their labor can add to the legacy of liberty in America.
Share any stories you know about hard-working grandparents and other ancestors. Some families call grandparents to thank them for all they’ve done for the family and to ask them to tell about their work. This is a great time to ask grandparents to tell stories about their experiences and to give any advice they might have for their grandkids.
You could also talk about your work and how you prepared to provide for your family.
Tell your children that it can help them if they learn about lots of professions as they are thinking about the work they want to do. Invite them to consider the things they would enjoy doing. Make a list of their ideas. Keep it in a folder or notebook and add to it as they think of new possibilities.
Introduce your kids to a variety of professions. Interview friends, family, neighbors, and other professionals about their work, what they enjoy about what they do, what the challenges are, how they prepared, etc. Take notes (and pictures if you want) and add them to your notebook.
Labor Day is a good time to clean up a family garden and get your yard ready for winter. Or you could clean out the garage, work on projects inside your home, or help a neighbor.
You can take pictures and keep a record of what you accomplish during your special family work projects. It will be fun to see progress over the years.
Some of our happiest memories can be of working together as a family. Our family plays loud, lively music and we do a little singing and dancing, and a lot of laughing, as we work together.
After working together, it might be nice to get out and enjoy a fun afternoon at the park. Or you might enjoy a family bike ride, hike, or water sports. Somehow the fun is even better after you’ve accomplished something together as a family.
Invite family and friends for a BBQ or potluck dinner. Or you could invite them over after dinner and serve something simple, like ice cream sundaes.
You could play games together and even have a talent show (planned or spontaneous) afterwards for the kids to share the fruits of their labors.