8th Annual Kurbis

I normally try to keep these posts less personal, but thought some people may enjoy this or even get inspired to start their own new tradition. A little over 8 years ago I was finishing up college and started thinking about carving my own path in the world. A big part of that path was going to be starting a family and loosing touch with many close friends. One great thing within families are the traditions you pass down, and I wanted to start one of my own. I wanted to make a tradition centered around my friends and their families, something that would allow us to reconnect once a year even when our lives got busy. I picked an existing holiday to tie the tradition to. We decided Columbus Day would be a good holiday to replace. “Kurbis” was born.


A few small things have changed over the years (like the number of kids there are now) but the basic activities have stayed the same and we just celebrated our 8th year. Everyone who comes brings a pumpkin, $3 and some food. We all carve pumpkins, catch up, watch a B-Horror movie, and eat together for the first half of the event. This year we added watching “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” upstairs for the kids while the other movie played downstairs. Everyone puts their $3 into a traveling trophy and then we play a classic game in a tournament style. The winner gets the trophy for the year and keep it’s contents. This year we played UNO. Past years have included Clue, Yahtzee, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Jenga. So far it’s been a different game each year, AND The trophy has managed to make it back every year.



Finally we stack up all our carved pumpkins and admire them briefly before lighting them in a bon fire and taking a group picture behind the flames. While there are always new faces coming, there are quite a few that have been almost every year. It’s been a great way to catch up with everyone and now that we are all starting families it will be fun to have our kids grow up with this new tradition.




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