At this time of year there are many traditions that my family and I hold dear that come around again to bless us all. Traditions are a very important part of our family. I come by this belief naturally because I grew up in a family rich in traditions – some of which are still in practice to this day. They keep us close and create a common bond for us in a day and time that seeks to fragment us with busy schedules and distant locations. My brothers, sister, parents and I, and our families, always come back to our traditions each year and find a comfort and joy in the continuity of life and love that they bring.
From the beginning of our marriage, Jeff and I have sought to start and continue traditions for our own family. In the beginning, we took some of each of our favorite traditions from our separate families and blended them into our own set of traditions for our new family. As the years have gone by, we have added new traditions which have become very special to us. Sometimes the kids decide that something is a tradition just because we did it once and they liked it. Then we hear “but we have to do it – it’s tradition!” I love hearing this, because then I know that they feel the bond and the importance of family moments the way that I hope that they will.
I would encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to start some new traditions for your family this year. The children really thrive on them and so do we as adults. We have traditions for things all through the year, but our Christmastime traditions are extra special to us. It may be something as simple as baking a special recipe each year together or reading the Christmas story from the Bible on Christmas Eve. It might be a special shopping trip each year with Daddy or Mommy, or going caroling around your neighborhood, followed by cookies and hot chocolate. It might be donating your family’s time, talent or treasures to those in need, or baking snowman cookies to eat while watching Frosty the Snowman for the first time of the year. The possibilities are endless – only you know what will work for your family – and the rewards are so very special and will bless your family for years and years to come.
Have a fun and tradition-filled day!