Sam is old enough to remember year to year and since being in Germany we don't have family to gather with. This has helped me realize and act on the thought to start traditions. Our first one is Friday night movie night and no dish night. We eat dinner without dishes on a table cloth that can be thrown away and then watch a movie together. Sam loves it. I did warn Justin, "I'm going to try a lot of new traditions, some may stick and some may not. But don't freak out."
We'll see what Justin and Melissa Schmidt traditions come about!