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May 14, 2015 | Michael Baldacci

Family Traditions

 

Traditions for me always start with family, coming from a family of 6, we had many traditions that we cherished over the years. As you can imagine a lot of them included wine, but to most people's surprise there are plenty that did not include wine.

There are two traditions that stick out to me that as I reflect I think embody exactly who we are as a family.

1st: Annual Christmas morning Nerf Gun Battle. This tradition started 10 years ago when my dad surprised us all with a brand new Nerf guns. I have to say I had not picked up or seen a Nerf gun in at least 5 years, I had seen the commercials and thought “wow how far the guns have come…” but never did I see myself wielding one of those in an imaginary battle anytime soon. My dad felt the same way, and made out to change that, for the last ten years our Christmas mornings end with the new latest and greatest version of the Nerf Gun, and a battle amongst ALL. Every year was a different form of weaponry, from little pistols and axes that called for skilled hand-to-hand combat or short range firing, all the way to rifles that only worked with scouting and long-range surprise attacks on your enemy.  Competition amongst each other creates some of the most fun moments I can remember. While there are heated times on the battlefield, it always seems to end with big hugs, lots of laughs, and ALWAYS a cold bottle of bubbles at the end of the road, typically my favorite, Schramesburg Blanc de Blanc.  

 

 

2nd: Mom’s birthday. My brothers, my dad and I all recognize how special my mother is in our lives. She keeps us in line, is ALWAYS there for us, and is the world’s best listener… oh yeah and she has no problem talking sports with the best of them, especially Warriors basketball!!

With all of the amazing things she does for us, we know there is NO way to repay her, but we had to try. Three years ago my dad came up with the idea of doing "girly things" with her guys on her birthday. It was a great idea, having all boys did not allow for some of the spa days, or getting your nails done type of days. So every year the weekend of my mom's birthday is marked on the calendars, and we venture up to a hotel in Calistoga, and a "spa day" turns into all of us lounging and reading tabloid filled magazines together with a bottle of sparkles.  It is a great moment to celebrate my mom and all of the things she does for us, and gives the 6 of us a chance to all relax with each other.

Having a family business can blur the lines of family and business, which makes it so much fun. While I think we have done a great job as a family to try and keep them separate, it is these types of traditions that always remind us what it is to be a family first. The company and conversation we share is usually coupled by a great bottle of wine. Some of my favorite wines were made that much better by the people that shared in the tradition. As we grow older it is these traditions that continue to remind us how blessed we are, and to cherish these moments.

 

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