Taking back Sunday

I remember when I was a child and how Sunday was my favorite day of the week. Except for a few hours in the morning, all businesses and shops were shut down for the day and we stayed home pottering around the house. My cousins, aunts and uncles would all  congregate at my cousin’s grandparents home (where I grew up) and we would spend the entire day together eating, playing games and just being with family.

Our Sunday traditions of old

Our Sunday tradition was a 4′ o clock tea time in the afternoon and it was a feast!

My aunts spent the whole of Saturday afternoon baking treats for Sunday tea time. Sunday was a day for spending time in each other’s company, talking, relaxing and playing games while resting up for the week ahead.

As I got older, I met my husband and we started dating. In the four years that we were courting we spent almost every Sunday evening at the cinema watching a movie and I’d be back home and in bed just in time to watch “Walker Texas Ranger”which started at 10pm. Our time together on these date nights and my 10 o’ clock ritual gave me something to look forward to all week. Only then did my week feel complete.

What happened to those days?

Now that I’m a parent, it makes me sad to see how much society has moved away from the tradition of spending quality time together on a Sunday. My kids are totally missing out on some of the best memories I have as a child!

Today, businesses shut down only two hours earlier on Sunday than on any other day of the week which means it’s just an extra day to get shopping done. With busy schedules during the week, Sunday is the day most of us catch up on laundry and cooking for the week ahead.

It’s no wonder that we feel exhausted all the time! We never stop to catch our breath after a week has come to an end.

Well I’ve been feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and frustrated and I decided to make a huge change in the way I do things.

I’m bringing back Sunday

I stopped all the things I usually do on a Sunday. I’d love to cook a big meal but it takes up hours of the day so I cook on a Saturday instead. I’d love to attend church every single Sunday but by the time I get home half the day is gone. I need to find a way to attend a service earlier or work around a mid-morning service.

I’m just so tired of running around every day of the week like a headless chicken and feeling guilty all the time for not spending enough time with my children. They are already deprived of my time during the week so on the week ends I need to make time for them. Sunday “down-time day” could do that.

For the last few weeks I’ve been reinstating Sundays done the way I remember it. I’ve been as productive as I can on Mondays to Satursdays in order to take Sunday off.
My children have thrived with some mommy time. My husband is happy with the delicious treats like these yummy Oatmeal No-bake Cookies.

Resting on the Sabbath is biblical too

We read to the children from the book of Genesis that even God rested on the seventh day. It’s also one of the 10 Commandments to do no work on a Sunday! They are now holding me accountable. If I so much as switch on a load of laundry or tell them to clean their rooms they remind me of our pact to keep the Sabbath day holy and to just relax.

We have taken back our Sunday and I hope we can keep it up. Little traditions like these are what my childhood is made up of and I want my children to have the same memories. I also want them to know that even though our weeks of work and school are frantic while we live past each other, for this one day of the week we get to spend intentional, quality time together.

I’d love to see more people taking up the challenge to take the day off to rest on a Sunday. Read a book, watch a movie, spend time with loved ones, go for a walk or spend time doing something you love that does not require technology. What do you think?