Family traditions are the rituals, practices and beliefs of a family that are handed down from one generation to the next. They can
promote a feeling of closeness
strengthen family bonds.
Create traditions on purpose.
We live in a busy, go-go-go information age. All the conveniences and distractions of modern living result in very hectic lifestyles. We don’t have time for relationships. Family bonds are weakening. Extended families are often separated by great distances. Communication is difficult, at best.
Maintaining and creating meaningful family traditions counter-acts this current trend. Traditions allow families to spend time together having fun, promote a feeling of closeness, and strengthen the family unit.
Ironically enough, family traditions are founded regardless of whether or not you try.
If a family does not purposely establish a family culture full of positive and meaningful rituals and routines, the plain lack thereof becomes that family’s tradition.
Happy families stay together by intentionally spending meaningful time together.
offers these practical ideas for creating meaningful family traditions:
Fun family rituals can happen daily, weekly or monthly. They can be centered around seasons or holidays. Any time period or event that occurs on a regular basis can be the catalyst for a noteworthy family ritual.
Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail!
But don’t get overwhelmed.
Establishing new traditions takes time so think things through before you begin. Before creating a new (and potentially complicated) tradition, analyze the traditions and family events that you already enjoy. Are all family members involved? Does the tradition fulfill a greater purpose - such as teaching a family value? Develop and enhance your existing favorites first.
Then find the blank spots and fill in holes. Start new traditions that help accomplish a pre-identified goal. Does your family need an activity that will bring everyone together on a daily basis? Is there an upcoming holiday the kids would enjoy emphasizing? There are tons of amazing and fun-sounding ideas but resist the temptation to do them all. Pick one or two, make them meaningful and go from there.
Sometimes the best family traditions are the simplest ones. For example, I treasure the pictures taken of the kids and me each Mother’s Day. You could do something as simple as this, and put the pictures onto photo mugs.
The following list of ideas is just that – ideas. While our family has enjoyed many of them, the same family traditions may or may not be right for your family.
New Family Traditions
Family Christmas Traditions
A special nativity Christmas tradition.
Family Reunion Traditions
These and other family traditions will promote a sense of identity and feeling of belonging. They will enrich your family life and create love and harmony in the home.
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