One tradition we have is to take a photo the first day of every school year. The kids would probably say that they do it to appease me and that it isn't that important to them. Secretly, I think they like it just as much.
FYS usually scowls when I ask to take a photo of him (don't sneak one, he gets angry). When I announced that it was time for his first day photo he selected the backdrop and nearly bounced in place, even smiling (yes, smiling) for the shot.
He is the baby. A Junior this year which means I have but one more 'first day photo' left. College photos will not be realistic because I won't be able to focus between the tears.
What I have realized is how important the few traditions we celebrate have helped ground us. Silly first day photos have been taken regardless of our location or the weather since always and that brings me comfort.