Growing up, we celebrated EVERYTHING with food. If we had a dance recital, a band performance, or any other "big" thing, the whole family would go out for dinner, ice cream, or some treat. When it was our birthday, my mom put out a big huge red plate that said "You are special today" all around the rim of it - and we got to pick what we wanted for dinner.
If one of us kids had a bad day, sometimes we'd go out to eat or for a cup of ice cream. If my mom had a bad day, we ALWAYS did.
It's been so ingrained in my life that celebrating with food is second nature to me.
A week ago, Joe and I were talking about this, and it sounded very weird to him. His family never celebrated like that. They never had restrictions on food in his house - candy, cokes, and ice cream were everywhere if they wanted it. Which meant that they usually didn't want it.
It sounds foreign to me, but it made me really wish that his mom was still alive so I could find out how it actually worked.
Monday night, while preparing for the interview that I had yesterday morning, I said to Joe, "If I do well on the interview, we'll have to go out to eat tomorrow night to celebrate." He quickly agreed.
And then I remembered that I didn't want to celebrate with food any longer...so I asked him what his family would've done in this situation. He didn't know. He suggested a treat of some other kind - like that we would go see a movie or DO something new to celebrate a new thing.
It turns out, I was so tired last night, that all I wanted to do was sleep - which is what I did.
But it prompts the question:
What DO healthy people do to celebrate big changes and good things in their life?
Help me out here...what do you do? Is a food celebration okay or do you stray from it completely? How have you made the changes towards celebrating good times other than with revolving around food?