SUNDAY DINNER with your FAMILY, is this a thing of the PAST??

United States
March 25, 2007 7:04pm CST
I remember the days when we all sat down to dinner on Sunday and had a huge Sunday dinner with the entire family, it was always a roast or something that was done especially for Sunday. Seems these days in the hussle and bustle of life seems like there are not enough families able to do the simple things as we used to do in the past. Do you still have a large Sunday dinner with your family and sit down and enjoy the entire family together every week?? I know we don't, although I am trying to get back into it, but it is hard when the family is not used to it anymore.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I remember these days too. my grandmother lived right behind our church and we always went to her house after church for Sunday dinner. If my Father was home he cooked fried chicken and all the vegetables and everyone would come to our house. He was not home very many Sundays so that was always a Great treat for us. I live next door to my Mother and my son has moved away to Holland, so no we do not do the Sunday dinner. She is usually taking a nap at that time of day. I eat every night with her but it is not the same. Families are so spread out now that we can not get together to do this anymore. When I was growing up families did not move away so there were always a lot of family around. We never had meat during the week so Sunday was the most important day of the week for everyone.
• United States
26 Mar 07
Thanks for contributing
@mrsbrian (1950)
• United States
26 Mar 07
oh yes we do have the sunday dinners and i love it, i had moved away for about 4 years close to my husbands family and they didnt do family sunday there,so when we moved back here the kis were so happy and now they always come for sunday dinner and the sunday afternoon card games. my mom and dad always had sunday dinner and i guess i grew up with that habit so im happy to keep it going.
@makingpots (11916)
• United States
26 Mar 07
We don't have any extended family members in the area. I think more and more people are finding themselves in that situation with jobs taking us everywhere. For that matter, we never had extended family around as I was growing up either. But my mom made a huge deal out of make a big Sunday dinner/lunch for us. She would make something like a roast that she could put on to cook while we were at church and then we would come home to the house smelling amazing. I like those memories and I will provide them for my family as well. It will take an effort in our on the go society. But part of the memory for me was that mom always made the effort.
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• Philippines
26 Mar 07
sunday lunches and dinners are the first memories that i have. during sundays our spend our whole day together. church in the morning, lunch made by my father and dinner made by my mother. i think it's the best way to keep a family tight and close to each other, spending one day a week catching up with things and having fun. our family still have it but before it's only dinner and talking about different things on the dining table, but now sundays also mean watching movies together at home, playing millionaire's game, watching boxing of UFC and some other stuffs that we all enjoy.
• United States
26 Mar 07
I have fond memories of these days also, thanks for contributing
@ipodbaby (53)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
We never had a Sunday Dinner or any day dinner at all. Tho' we often go out on a Sunday, ate on our fave resto, we never had, as far as i can remember, a dinner of a complete family. Just like any grown up kid, as i looked back, how i wish there was an any day dinner that all of us were there. With a happy conversation and good tasting food, something I could never forget. But there was none. And still, i am hoping that one of these days there will be a dinner or breakfast or just a midsnack with us, complete.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
We never do the 'family dinner' thing with everyone - and even if we did it wouldn't necessarily be on Sundays, my husband works 6 days on, 2 days off, and so his schedule he has 2 sundays off in a row and then doesnt have another sunday off for a month or so. The kids and I will usually eat together at the table, but my husband insists on eating in front of the television. I hate it but its a petty thing to fight over and I've long since given up trying to get him to eat with us.
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@tsolman (47)
• Canada
26 Mar 07
I have Sunday dinner regularly with my family. This is actually something I cherish (even if my hubby doesn't!) It isn't always the whole family as we all do have seperate lives but it is offered every week. My hubby (who didn't have the same kind of family support that I did growing up) doesn't want to go every week, hell I think he'd be happy to go only once every 2 mos! I have found that my family is so supportive of everything we do that to not go and spend this quality time with them would be almost like a slap in the face for them. Add to that who doesn't like a homecooked meal? :)
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• India
26 Mar 07
well ya its very important that one should get along with the family to have a dinner because in todays life everyone is so damm busy that its very tough to find out time for your family.so then its only a sunday where u can see and be with your family.and having dinner together is so much fun.its still there in my life,we on sundays have dinner together and some thing special is made on every sunday dinner.also we sometime go out in some hotel or restaurant to have dinner,and then after that go to some ice cream parlour,its really a great fun.
@vanities (11409)
• Davao, Philippines
26 Mar 07
we still do that since my children are still with me and were a close family...we enjoy teasing each others and likes..
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
I don't live with my family anymore and I look forward to vacations when I can get off work and stay with my faily. I look forward to having meals with them, sleeping in my old bed, watching movies together. It disappoints me that it's not the same thing wtih my family anymore. We're not complete during meals, my little brother is not so little anymore and is out most of the time, I have to share the bed with my daughters... I do wish we could hang-out like we used to. No one went out on Sundays before. Nowadays everyone's got their own thing going everyday.
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@clod0327 (817)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
Yes, we still practice it in our house. Sunday is family day for us. Although my brother and father still have to work on a Sunday to manage our family business, we still see to it that we all eat together on Sunday nights. This is the time where we share stories with each other about what happened to us during the week. And usually, we serve something special during Sunday Dinner
@angela2006 (1846)
• China
26 Mar 07
Sunday dinner with my family is a matter long time ago!It's the time when I was in Middle school.every weekend I went home and my mather would prepare good meals for all my family,then we would have a good weeked together! But after I entered the university,I left my hometown for another city,which is very far away from my home.I could went back twice a year,then sunday dinner with my family could only be my memory!
@kathy77 (7487)
• Australia
26 Mar 07
Oh yes Sunday dinner have all but gone now but they used to be really great and I always looked forward to them while growing up, my children have all grown up now and live far away it is just too much for them to be able to come home for a family dinner just one day in the week, and I do miss it a lot though, but that is life and due to their living too far we have to wait until we both have time to go and visit each other.
@mamasan34 (6520)
• United States
26 Mar 07
We used to do that. Right now, we watch a movie together and eat. I know that sounds horrible, but it is the only way I can get all of into the same room at the same time. Usually my fiance is away for days at a time with the military or my daughter decides she wants to spend the night at a friends house and she is just coming home. So, we pick a movie that interests us all and that seems to be working. I miss famil dinners and I have so many good memories of that. I think alot of families don't do that anymore and it is a shame.
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@cutepenguin (6447)
• Canada
26 Mar 07
We still do this, even though everyone has moved out. It is a big thing - most of my aunts and uncles and cousins. It rotates as to whose house it is at each week.
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@KenYan (19)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Its a thing in the past for alot of families cause today its lot of pride in who has more. I just started on my own family and we have are sundays to together thats are dedication day.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
It's very sad to me that my family no longer has these dinners either. I do have dinner with my grandparents twice a week, but I miss eating with my parents and siblings. Life does seem to get in the way of our family time. I think we sometimes need to sit back and evaluate our priorities. Our family is one of the few things in life that is certain. My goal when I have children is to have family night at least once a week...hopefully it's more than that though! Good luck to you on trying to bring family dinners back.
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I try to have a family dinner every day of the week but sunday's I do cook a bigger meal that takes a little longer then during the week, like a meatloaf or a roast, or ham. I too remember going to my one grandmother's ever sunday for dinner and a visit. It was nice because most of my dad's brothers came with their families so i could play with my cousins on the farm. it was just so nice.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
That is so wonderful MissyD thanks for sharing
• Pakistan
26 Mar 07
no this is not from past i dont agreed with you because we should have some quality time with our family
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• United States
26 Mar 07
Although you don't agree with me many families have broken away from the traditional Sunday family dinners (as this discussion has proven), and each one of us wish we could attain it back, including myself. Quality time with the family should be very important to everyone but when life goes to fast usually this is the first thing to go. Thanks for contributing
@byfaithonly (10715)
• United States
26 Mar 07
We used to have Sunday dinners but got away from it and although there have been times I've tried to get back to it so far it hasn't worked. It's more like I fix Sunday dinner then we each eat when we want - thanking God for the microwave to re-heat as needed.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
Yes, we are the same way, I just miss the days of sitting down to a nice Sunday family dinner. Thanks for contributing
@amy0214 (1513)
• United States
26 Mar 07
We sit down and eat dinner together at the table alomost every sunday.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
Good for you, thanks for contributing