Tuesday, September 28, 2010


It has been so fun to hear a few of your favorite conference traditions. Thanks so much to those who have shared what they love to do with their families on this special weekend. I've tucked a few of those that you've shared away for down the road with my family.

Shelley shared:
"I have a tradition that started with my college roommates and that I love to share with my little family. I get up a few hours before the Sunday morning session of conference and make cinnamon rolls. This is a big deal for me because I am SO NOT a morning person. But there's just something about the smell of baking bread and cinnamon that is so perfectly Sunday Morning and Conference."

Wendi of Lewisville, TX said:
"I grew up watching Conference in my ward building. Even when the time came that we could watch it at home, our family always went to church to listen. My parents would pack a special picnic lunch to eat between sessions. It was always the same- cold fried chicken, potato rolls, string cheese, grape juice boxes and peanut M&M’s. We would invite the missionaries to eat with us and soon it became a tradition for many other families in our ward too. All the kids would get a new pad of paper and pen just for Conference. As we got older, we each had our own Conference Journal. My mom would always tell us to write down or draw what we felt, saw, thought or heard the speakers say specifically to us.
The things I have gained from my parent’s traditions were not just the juice boxes or Sunday shoes- but rather the actual importance of being ready, on time, listening, and taking special notes that were just for me from the mouth of prophets. Love- Love-Love Conference! "

Marta from Idaho shared:
I love to make my mom's 'thinnies' which are actually crepes and serve them with coconut, sliced berries, butter and whipped cream. It's a fun tradition to look forward to! We stay in our comfy clothes and go on a long walk sometime on Sunday. I love to take notes in my journal while we're watching the sessions and try to pay attention to recurring themes throughout the talks.
We also always make the classic trail mix which I had growing up every conference: peanuts, craisins, cashews, m&m's, chocolate chips or peanut butter chips, reeses and gumdrops. My mom always changed it up, but the gumdrops were a standard.

Thanks mamas. Look for more conference traditions to come later this week. If you'd like to add yours, feel free to comment, I'd love to hear what your favorite conference traditions are.


Marne said...

Hi Erin,
I found your blog via Marta, and I love it! Thanks for having such good inspiration to glean from.

With my four kids, I have found that making something exciting makes all the difference! Starting a few weeks before conference, we start hyping it up.."It's almost time for Conference! Isn't that exciting?" We have a special FHE the Monday before. I always make homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Sat morning (I only make them at conference time so they are really anticipated). We have fun games, treats, and activities all weekend long. It is good family-time even during the breaks. We also rotate hosting treats at our house after the Priesthood session of conference for all the guys. That is always fun. No matter the tradition, as long as its simple and meaningful kids will have fond memories of conference time.

Marne said...

I forgot to add that I always make file folders for each child with age appropriate puzzles, coloring pages, their own notebook, and new colored pencils. Sometimes I do a conference basket with treats and all their activities in it. Depends on how much time I have. But the kids love whatever.

Heidi said...

I love the trail mix idea to munch on all day. Fun post!

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