by liberal japonicus
When my brother and I were growing up, every New Year's morning, we would be given a book by my mom. As happens, as I got older, it was harder to keep up with my tastes, but there were a couple of times where the book I got was spot on. I tried to keep that up with my daughters, but New Year's here is not proceeded by the kind of Christmas that our family had as a kid, so since my mother's passing, I've shifted this to my Mom's birthday. Unfortunately, my daughters are reading both Japanese and English and it is almost impossible to get a bead on what they would like, so I've gone with tosho-ken, these book certificates that you can get at almost any book store.
I'm wondering if there are any other family rituals like this floating around the commentariat.