"Dad, tell the one about bonking that kid in the head with your toy train." "Dad, tell the one about running from the neighborhood bullies." "Honey, tell the one about passing out in the park." That's the way most of our family get-togethers end. Whether it's sitting around the table with half-eaten pieces of birthday cake on car-themed paper plates scattered about or sipping coffee together, stuffed from a delicious Thanksgiving turkey, the best part of every family gathering is the laughter.
After the last bite of food has been taken and our rambunctious, young kiddos have retired to the playroom, the adults sit around the table and retell funny stories we've heard a million times. Certain topics never seem to get old like my dad's rebellious childhood or my husband's PG-rated college adventures involving alcohol-related stupidity. My sister and I tend to tell the same stories from our childhood about goofy Barbie antics and high school shenanigans.
No matter what life hands us over the years, laughter always proves to be the best medicine in my family. It's affordable, easy to find and doesn't require planning. As far as family traditions go, it's a no brainer.