What traditions keep your friendships close year after year? With busy lives full of to-do lists, laundry and more, it's not always easy to make time for friends the way you once did. But help is on the way! Check out iVillagers' top 10 ideas for staying in touch on a regular basis, and then share this list with a friend by emailing it to her today.
"My girlfriends and I share a wonderful Sunday brunch tradition. We set aside a day, once a month, to get together and eat good food, drink champagne, have great conversation and be merry. We don't limit ourselves to one location for brunch either. We search the Web and get recommendations for new spots every time.
"Each year in September or October, we invent a team T-shirt, load the car with 'road food' and meet in Little Rock, Arkansas, to participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure."
"Our candlelight porch talks! My best friend and I get together at least once a week, and no matter what the weather is like, we light candles, grab a cup of coffee, set our children to play and then commence with a gab-fest."
"An important tradition that we have is our reading circle. Every month one of us chooses a book that we all read and we then we meet up for a book review."
"To keep our closeness alive, my three best friends and I decided to start a journal. One of us takes the book and writes about the latest happenings in her life, adding pictures or clipped emails, and then ships it over to the next girl."