Traditions in the Family
During the holidays, we see traditions established in families that
may have been with parents since childhood or new traditions evolving
with a newly formed family. They are a vital part of family life.
As adults reminisce, they remember activities which brought joy to their
lives. Baking Christmas cookies with Mom, Friday night pizza with Grandparents,
the prayer through generations, all represent family traditions that are
Traditions are important to the family, not necessarily for what they
say or do, but for the kind of results that occur. A sense of togetherness
is developed from the shared experience.
Strong families have traditions. These families recognize that traditions
provide a sense of continuity, understanding and closeness that bonds
families. Traditions give members a reason to feel good about themselves.
In the young child this is especially important as children search for
their place in the family society.
Look over this list of activities and see if there are some you already
do that could become rituals--and/or select some you want to do for happy
Don't forget to get into family projects around the house or on the farm
or grounds of your home--building a needed fence or wall, refinishing furniture
or cabinets, painting, landscaping the grounds, putting up a new building--all
of these can be family projects that build strengths. Families who do things
together stay together. Make holiday time family time.
- Musical activities---A holiday listening session each week; sing-
alongs music recitals; concerts with all family members attending;
cantatas at church (to participate or to listen).
- Nature activities---Christmas tree cutting trip; fall and winter
hikes; star studying sessions; feeding birds and wildlife;
planning your landscaping areas to provide for wildflowers, rock gardens,
special trees and shrubs; camping out as a family.
- Service activities---Doing something for others is a good holiday
family activity. Working with groups like Scouts, 4-H, Lions, hospital
auxiliary, church service committees; helping with campaigns and
fund-raising projects; or just being neighborly is meaningful work
for family togetherness.
- Dramatic activities---An evening of dramatic games; charades;
pantomimes; word games at the dinner table could be fun; amateur
productions at church, school, community center; or attending plays
together are always possibilities during holidays.
- Social activities---Family entertaining with cards, board games and
group activities for all ages; picnics; reunions; and holiday
parties furnish good memories for future days as well as for the present.
- Physical activities---Play together as a family; games, skating,
hiking, skiing, hunting, and dancing will be activities young and old
alike will enjoy.