Sunday dinner anyone??

  1. Hi Gang,
    Am I one of the dying breed that still insist on Sunday dinner?When I got married, I insisted on cooking the "big Sunday dinner", my husband though I was nuts. His family rarely ate meals together, he thought it was strange that I wanted to set aside a special day each week to make a big meal. Now he loves it. I

    Well, I just got another phone call from one of my daughters friends mom inviting my child over for the day. I said she could go later after Sunday dinner. The response I got was like I had three heads. I insist that on Sunday that my family sits down and has lunch together. PERIOD. I even invite company. Many times, I have invited my daughters friends to join us and they think its great. They wish their families "did dinner". How sad. Granted dinner isn't always spectular, but I try to make it a special meal. Its the one time that is set aside for the family, just us. I think this is a kick back from my own childhood when my dad worked all week and didn't get home till late and didn't get to eat with us. Sunday was the day, that no matter what, we ate together. But the principle is the same, we sit, talk, and eat together.

    The majority of the other parents I talk to think this is a waste of time and money. How can spending family time together be a waste? Plus, when I cook a big meal, there is always leftovers for the next day.

    Oh well, just call me old fashioned. I shall continue to cook my big Sunday meal. Anyone care to join us? Today we are having roast beef, potatoes, carrots, peas, rolls, gravy, and cranberry sause. I promise good conversation and a full belly.

    Thanks for listening, Berta
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  2. 21 Comments

  3. by   Love-A-Nurse
    for us, not only sunday, but as much as possible through the week too.
  4. by   Browneyedgirl
    Ditto what loveanurse said.
  5. by   jnette
    Stick to your guns, Berta ! I think it's WONDERFUL.

    Your kids WILL appreciate it...someday..

    Our Sundays were always "family day" as well. We had sunday dinner either at home or out somewhere TOGETHER as a family. Also included in those "family Sundays" were drives through the countryside, picnics along the roadside, romping through the meadows and spending the day by a creek with packed lunches, badminton, and hikes tagging along behind our parents. As we grew older into our teens, we hated it, but knew better than to argue... it was "written in stone".

    And today I think back fondly, and am so very grateful fro those special Sundays...
  6. by   jnette
    Stick to your guns, Berta ! I think it's WONDERFUL.

    Your kids WILL appreciate it...someday..

    Our Sundays were always "family day" as well. We had sunday dinner either at home or out somewhere TOGETHER as a family. Also included in those "family Sundays" were drives through the countryside, picnics along the roadside, romping through the meadows and spending the day by a creek with packed lunches, badminton, and long hikes tagging along behind our parents. As we grew older into our teens, we hated it, but knew better than to argue... it was "written in stone".

    And today I think back fondly, and am so very grateful for those special Sundays...
  7. by   ulianka
    I make Big Meal Suppers as often as possible. I invite family and friends. It is at least twice a week. My 6 year old is ALREADY used to this tradiition and every day he is asking me if we are going to have guests. At least once a week we are invited to my mother's Big Dinner. And once in two weeks we go to one of our friend's house. Each time everybody brings something with them (wine, desert, vegetables for salad ) We love it!!! It keeps people together.
  8. by   bedpan
    I remember those days - My Mom did the same - Pot Roast and all the trimmings! I miss it!

    Now it is just me, no family so I basically just grab a bite to eat of whatever when my belly begins to tell me it thinks my throat must have been cut or something

    As far as the invite goes Berta - anything I can bring when I come over for dinner?
  9. by   Nurse Ratched
    I love the idea. I am a big fan of families getting together for meals - there are so few times when they can. I put this in the break room .
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    We insist on sit-down family dinners whenever possible. It's a must in my family.
  11. by   Berta
    We try to eat as many meals together during the week, however it just doesn't happen as often as I would like. I guess the point I am trying to make is that its not what or when you eat, but rather that you get together with your family.
    Last edit by Berta on Jul 27, '03
  12. by   prmenrs
    We'll be there, Berta, but ya gotta leave out the PEAS! It will take us a little while to get there from San Diego, so don't wait for us, OK?

    I think it's great! The more important value you're teaching your family is that family comes first, and to MAKE TIME for what's important to you.

    Best Wishes!
  13. by   Rustyhammer
    Ours is Sunday breakfast.
    We have such a busy schedule now that the kids are getting bigger but we seem to always have time for Sunday breakfast together.
    The rest of the week we eat whenever we manage to get to the stove. We all take a turn during the week cooking dinner but it's kind of rare that we actually eat it at the same time.
    -Russell
  14. by   Berta
    prmenrs,

    Come on over, there plenty of left overs. Boy was it good. Ok, you don't have to eat the peas, but you have to eat the carrotts then.
    Let's see now, it you leave tomorrow from San Diego you should be in Massach. by Friday. Humm, what shall I cook? Lasagne, stuffed shells, turkey and fixings???


    Anyone bringing a cheesecake? My sweet tooth could go for a big piece dripping with strawberrys.

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