We (the big girls and I) read Mr. Mysterious together recently. Taylor especially, could not stop talking about Abracadabra Day. In the book, each of the three kids get to take a day to be terribly mischievous and get away with it scott free. I think my strict rule-following daughter found this morbidly fascinating and she kept begging for us to adopt the tradition. Now I believe that I have mentioned several times on this blog how I believe that reading about disobedient children (such as Tom Sawyer, Calvin and of course, Ramona Quimby) is a wonderful way for kids to let off steam and live in an imaginary world of rebellion while still remaining obedient to the rules in real life.
So keeping to that, I informed Taylor that while I did not think we could do Abracadabra day in the tradition sense, we could have an Abracadabra Day tea party. The kids took to this idea right away and immediately started planning. We decided that since this was an abracadabra day tea party, we had to do things a little silly. So we planned for lots of dessert and sandwiches and of course, tea! We decided our tea would be on Thursday, since Thursdays are the most boring day of the week and needs some spicing up. We made our grocery list and we all went out together to buy what we needed on Wednesday and the girls went to bed that night excited for our Abracadabra Day!
Thursday morning the first thing I heard was "It is Abracadabra Day!" The girls patiently waited for mom to finish her coffee and we read the Bible and prayed together - and then the preparations began!
Here is one of the finished master-pieces. I started rolling out bread while they worked on that and covered it with cream cheese and jam for pin-wheel jam sandwiches.
Kaylee helped too. Especially with the tasting.
Next it was time to set the table. This turned out to be a bigger job then anticipated, especially with the help of a baby sister!
The food was ready, so the girls went off to dress for the occasion. Dresses for all of course. Though it might have been more abracadabra-ish to eat in our PJ's!
Everyone is ready to eat!
Fun was had by all. Lots of sugar was consumed, the kitchen is a mess and kids had an abracadabra-licious time. Taylor says that she thinks this should be a new tradition. So we have decided that it can be something to look foreword to after Christmas ever year. We will now have an abracadabra tea party every January, right before going back to school.
So Happy Abracadabra Day everyone! To celebrate with us, I think everyone should eat dessert first today. It is, after all, an Abracadabra Day!